September 5, 2016 – 1:45 pm
Great news for divers. You will soon be able to fly direct between Papua New Guinea and Micronesia, combining 2 of the hottest dive spots in the world.
From 3 December 2016, Air Niugini is to launch twice weekly air services between Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, and Chuuk and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Chuuk (sometimes spelled Truk) is renowned for being home to the World’s largest sunken fleet of Japanese WWII ships.
To test the market, three special flights were planned to operate to FSM before the scheduled passenger services commence. The first of the three special flights operated last week on 1 September from Port Moresby to Chuuk and later Pohnpei before returning to POM. It took 2hrs and 40 minutes to reach Chuuk and an hour across to Pohnpei before coming back to POM.
Most passengers on board the flight were Australian divers; about 50 of them who got off in Chuuk, the rest were individuals attending the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and businessmen based in Solomon Islands.
The next special flight will operate this week on 7 September to uplift delegation for PIF.
Once the scheduled passenger service comes into effect from December, Air Niugini will be operating two return air services a week, every Wednesday and Saturday from Port Moresby to Chuuk and Pohnpei.
These flights enable passengers between the Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and FSM to connect through Port Moresby, saving considerable time and airfares.
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