Papua New Guinea’s national airline Air Niugini resumed flights to Mount Hagen today after suspending flights yesterday due to safety concerns.

Air Niugini says in a statement it has resumed flights to Mount Hagen’s Kagamuga airport and is closely monitoring and assessing the situation on the ground.

Air Niugini adds that flight PX180 departed Port Moresby at 09:00hr local time and will be followed by three more flights through the day. Air Niugini operates up to five flights to Kagamuga airport daily using Boeing 737s, Fokker 70s and Fokker 100s.

Papua New Guinea’s National Airports Corporation (NAC) has issued a cautionary notice to airmen (NOTAM), says Rex Kiponge, NAC managing director. A cautionary NOTAM is issued when there is an issue on the ground or near the vicinity of the aerodrome, he explains.

He says Kagamuga airport is open, but NAC has sought assistance from local enforcement agencies to increase its security.

Smart Aviation Asia Pacific reported yesterday that Air Niugini had announced a temporary suspension of flights to Mount Hagen due to safety concerns, citing civil unrest in the region.

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