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Part XI – INTERNATIONAL AIR SERVICES & TARIFFS Sections 177- 217 of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (as amended) deals with the application and processes for issuing and renewal of International Air Service Licences.

For Papua New Guinea designated International Airlines, the Licensing Authority is the Minister for Transport as stipulated under Section 178 of the Civil Aviation Act. The Secretary of the Department of Transport is the Licensing Authority for Foreign International Airlines as provided for under Section 186 of the Act.

To apply for initial issue and renewal of International Airline Licences interested applicants are to apply by way of a written application to:

The Secretary- Department of Transport
P.O Box 1489,
Port Moresby, NCD
Papua New Guinea
Attention: First Assistant Secretary - Air Transport Division

Scheduled Services

The operation of international scheduled services in and out of PNG is governed by a network of bilateral Air Service Agreements that are being implemented over the years since independence in 1975. These agreements set out the agreed routes and capacity entitlements that designated Airlines of each State are allowed to operate.

Although Papua New Guinea has adopted a phased approach towards full liberalization of International Air Services, market entry is done through a network of Bilateral Air Service Agreements which are negotiated based on demand and carry Treaty status.

Regulation of capacity entitlements and agreed routes are established through negotiations for designated airlines of bilateral partners to implement through MOUs reached from time to time as opposed to having an open-ended Agreement (open skies).

International Non-scheduled Services

The conduct of International non-scheduled air transport operations entering and departing Papua New Guinea are approved by the Secretary of Transport under Section 201 of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (as amended).

Under Section 201 of the Act, there are established Ministerial Guidelines issued by the Minister which are used as the benchmark for assessment of applications recommending authorisation or denial of approvals by the Secretary of transport.

Government policy concerning the operation of all flights within Papua New Guinea airspace, including but not limited to non-scheduled flights (in these Guidelines called “flight”, is that they;

  1. Contribute as much as possible to the economic development of Papua New Guinea; 
  2. Operate to comply with Papua New Guinea’s Border Security needs concerning National Security, Customs, Immigration and Quarantine; and
  3. Operate within Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Safety Authority (PNG CASA) Air Safety requirements.

Where the Guidelines are not complied with and to the satisfaction of the Departmental Head, the Departmental Head is directed not to issue an authorization for a flight.

Operators or persons wishing to conduct International non-schedule flights are required to submit details using the “Application for International non-schedule flight.

The main international carrier is the government-owned airline Air Niugini (ANG) which operates the bulk of international services and routes. ANG currently operates B767-300AR, Fokker F100 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft on its international services.

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