This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.
Papua New Guinea
There are not many ways to get to Papua New Guinea (PNG). A few airlines fly to Port Moresby, mostly from Australia:
- Star Alliance - none
- Oneworld - none (Qantas flights are codeshares on Air Niugini)
- Sky Team - none
- Other selected - Air Niugini (from several Australian, Pacific and Asian cities), Airlines PNG (from Cairns and Brisbane), Pacific Blue (from Brisbane)
With no alliance flights to Papua New Guinea it is impossible to include on an around the world fare and almost impossible to include on awards (see the tip below for the one exception).
Flights to Port Moresby still require paper tickets - it is one of the few major airports in the world still unable to handle e-tickets. Despite the limited number of international flights Port Moresby is a major airport because flying is the main way to travel in PNG - the combined length of all the airports is about the same as the combined length of all paved roads in the country!
TIP Fares to Papua New Guinea are generally high or very high. Low cost airline Pacific Blue started flights in 2009 and it is hoped will bring down air fares in general.
TIP Qantas Frequent Flyer points can be used on the Air Niugini flights between Australia and Port Moresby (but not for internal Papua New Guinea flights or flights to Asia & Pacific). These offer great value compared with fares. Less points are required from Cairns than from Brisbane or Sydney.