Air Niugini is suspending flights between Port Moresby and Wapenamanda Airport in PNG’s highlands. The suspension will be for 12 months and take effect from September 19, 2019.
Wapenamanda is located on the Highlands Highway in Enga Province. It is about 70 kilometres north west of Mount Hagen. The airport has one asphalt runway 1,540 metres in length and is served several times a week by Air Niugini flights from Port Moresby.
The airport is being upgraded under PNG’s civil aviation development investment program, a jointly funded initiative of PNG’s Government and the Asian Development Bank.
The upgrade will see the runway extended and strengthened, tarmac extensions, more light aircraft parking space created, a new terminal, and a car park.
The airport is presently hampered by a lack of space, limiting parking for the light planes that frequent the airport and bring in passengers and freight from remote rural areas.
While the upgrade occurs, Air Niugini will cease flying in and out of Wapenamanda.
Air Niugini is directing passengers to Mount Hagen Airport, approximately 90 minutes drive away. Mount Hagen Airport is served by multiple Air Niugini flights each day to and from Port Moresby.