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Air Niugini is the national flag carrier of Papua New Guinea. The airline is based at Jacksons International Airport, operating domestic and international flights from Port Moresby to over 35 destinations across Asia, Oceania and Australia. Air Niugini was founded in 1973 - it started off exclusively as a domestic carrier however due to the growing demand for travel to Papa New Guinea, it decided to expand its network internationally. Air Niugini has a subsidiary company called Link PNG that operates flights to minor airports in Papa New Guinea.

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Baggage Policy

The carry-on and checked baggage allowance rules for Air Niugini will vary depending on the cabin class you're flying in and the route you're flying. Read below to find out what size and weight restrictions you need to follow.

Carry-on Baggage

Baggage allowances for carry-on luggage are as follows for Business and Economy classes:

Business Class: Two cabin bags not exceeding 14kgs (30lbs). The sum total of three dimensions of both pieces must not exceed 50 x 30 x 20 cm = 100cm (40inches)

Economy Class: One cabin bag not exceeding 7kgs (15lbs). The total measurement must not exceed 50 x 30 x 20 cm = 100cm (40 inches)

In addition to baggage allowance, passengers are allowed a reasonable number of personal items, including a small handbag, overcoat/jacket/wrap, a small camera, and reading material.

Checked Baggage

Free checked baggage allowance will depend on route and ticket fare.

Economy passengers are entitled to 16kg on domestic routes, 25kg on routes to/from PNG-TYO, and 30kg on all other international routes - except on routes to/from North America, where 23kg per piece (2 pieces max).

Business passengers are entitled to 20kg on domestic routes, and 40kg on all other international routes - except to/from North America, where 2 pieces at 32kg each are allowed.


Economy Class - 16kg. Club Members - 25kg.

Business Class - 20kg. Club Members - 29kg.

To/From Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney:

Economy Class - 30kg. Club Members - 46kg.

Business Class - 40kg. Club Members - 56kg.

To/From PNG - Tokyo Narita:

Economy Class - 25kg. Club Members - 35kg.

Business Class - 40kg. Club Members - 45kg.

To/From North America:

Economy Class and Club Members - 2 x 23kg.

Business Class and Club Members - 2 x 32kg.

All other international routes:

Economy Class - 30kg. Club Member - 35kg.

Business Class - 40kg. Club Member - 45kg.


Online and airport check-in is available for Air Niugini flights. Opening and closing times vary.

Online Check-In

Online check-in is available through the Air Niugini website. Online check-in is available from 24 hours up to 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-In

For International flights: Passengers should check in 3 hours before their flight departure time.

For Domestic flights: Passengers should check in 2 hours before their flight departure time.

Class Fares

Most domestic routes have Economy Class only, while all international routes offer both service classes (except for services to Cairns and selected afternoon services to Brisbane).

Economy Class

Economy Facilities

Food: The airline offers food and beverages on almost all flights. On domestic routes, a snack and drink are served. On all international routes, a meal is served. The airline offers an in-flight Duty-Free shop on all international flights.

Entertainment: Stay entertained onboard as they offer entertainment on selected international routes. Most domestic flights offer movies and a range of music. Air Niugini also offers a magazine, "Paradise magazine", which is complimentary on most flights. The magazine, produced every 2 months, contains a range of Papua New Guinea information and stories, as well as flight details and route maps.

Economy Seating

Enjoy comfortable seating in a bright, modern, and clean cabin.

Business Class

Business Class Facilities

Business Class passengers enjoy more comfort. Air Niugini offers travellers extra baggage allowance, a lounge service for travellers to relax before their flights, and priority check-in and boarding.

Food: The airline's premium catering service delivers the crème de la crème of in-flight cuisine to those who travel in business class

Entertainment: Throughout your flight, you can keep entertained with Air Niugini's in-flight entertainment system and stay connected with friends and family via Wi-Fi connectivity.

Business Class Seats

Enjoy wider seats, with greater reclining.

Lounge Access

Business passengers can access a number of lounges at domestic and international airports. A full list can be found here.

Lounges are managed by Air Niugini VIP Lounge staff, serving a wide range of hot and cold buffet meals throughout the day.

In-Flight Meals

On domestic routes, all passengers will receive a snack and drink. On all international routes, a meal is served.

Special Meals

Air Niugini offers passengers a range of special meals to meet their dietary, religious and medical requirements, on request.

Please note that these special meal requests are offered only on our International flights - special meals are not offered on our domestic flights. Passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks.

All special meals must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled flight departure. This can be done by selecting your chosen meal preference from the drop-down option during the Alternative Airlines booking process, or by contacting our customer service team.

Special meal options include:

  • Asian Vegetarian
  • Baby Meal
  • Child Meal
  • Bland Meal
  • Diabetic Meal
  • Fruit Platter
  • Gluten-Free Meal
  • Hindu Meal
  • Kosher Meal
  • Low-Calorie Meal
  • Low Cholesterol / Low Fat Meal
  • Low Sodium
  • Moslem Meal
  • Non-Lactose Meal
  • Raw Vegetarian Meal
  • Seaford Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal Non Dairy
  • Vegetarian Jain Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal Lacto Ovo
  • Vegetarian Oriental Meal

In-Flight Entertainment

Air Niugini offers entertainment on selected international routes, including flights to Cairns, Honiara, and Nadi, but passengers to Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong are offered movies and a range of music. Entertainment is not usually provided on domestic flights. There is also an inflight magazine and duty-free shopping to keep passengers entertained.

Frequent Flyer Program

Air Niugini has a loyalty program called Destinations. Passengers can earn points on all Air Niugini’s flights, as well as any one of the airline's growing number of partners. The program is free to join - although serious flyers can sign up for the program's executive club.

Collecting points: During the booking process, there is an option to select the frequent flyer program of your choice. Simply select 'Destinations' and add your personal Air Niugini membership number to add your points.

Airline Alliance

Air Niugini is not part of an airline alliance program.

Codeshare Agreements

Air Niugini has codeshare agreements with Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Solomon Airlines. Under a codeshare agreement, a flight might be ticketed by Air Niugini, but the actual flight will be operated by a partner airline or vice versa.

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Destinations that Air Niugini flies to

The airline operates scheduled flights to a variety of cities across Asia and Oceania, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila, among others. It also flies to over 20 domestic destinations in Papa New Guinea and is the ideal airline to use if you're planning to explore the country.

Alternatives to Air Niugini

The following airlines operate similar routes to the ones operated by Air Niugini:

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As of June 2022, the airline operates a fleet of Boeing aircraft, mostly Boeing 737 variants and two 767, along with smaller Fokker aircraft. Air Niugini also recently acquired the Bombardier Q300 and Q400 for its fleet. Air Niugini's subsidiary company, Link PNG, also operates flights with a fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-200s and Dash 8-300s.

Hub Airport

Jacksons International Airport

Jacksons International Airport (IATA: POM) is the largest airport in Papua New Guinea and is the main hub for Air Niugini and Airlines PNG. Other airlines which fly to and from Jacksons International Airport include Phillippine Airlines, QantasLink, Link PNG, Virgin Australia, and PNG Air. Jacksons International Airport currently only has one runway.

Special Services

There are many different special service requests that you might like to make, including mobility assistance, requesting an extra seat or requesting permission to fly with special service animals or medical equipment.

Whatever your need, Alternative Airlines can help with your flight booking. Requests for special services can be made at the time of booking, by completing the special request form - we then pass this information on to the airline. Or, you can contact our customer service team - more information can be found here.


6th October 2022

Papua New Guinea removes coronavirus travel restrictions

Air Niugini announced today that all coronavirus restrictions to air travel in Papua New Guinea have been removed. The requirement to wear a mask onboard Air Niugini flights have been scrapped and passengers travelling to the country from overseas will no longer need to provide evidence of being vaccinated against coronavirus.

25th August 2022

Air Niugini considering major fleet replacement

In 2020, Air Niugini was set to have four B737-8 MAXs become part of their growing fleet, however, the airline has since delayed the delivery of these aircraft until at least 2024. The aim is to have more time to complete a broader review on its fleet plans and completely modernise the fleet it currently has.