Following the overnight eruption of Mount Ulawun, West New Britain (WNB), Air Niugini has suspended all flights to Hoskins Airport due to volcanic ash fall on the runway and taxiways, and in the vicinity of the airport.
A Stop Press notice was issued by Niusky Pacific earlier today, closing the airport to all operations until further notice.
Air Niugini is monitoring the situation carefully, and will issue further updates as the situation develops and more information becomes available.
Air Nuigini regrets the inconvenience caused, however the situation is beyond the airline’s control. Passengers holding tickets for flights to or from Hoskins may rebook their travel for later dates, with penalties waived.
Volcanic ash presents a significant risk to aircraft, and safety is always of paramount importance in our operations