This is part of a series about visiting Papua New Guinea. Â InÂ part one, Bernie reviewed flying Air Niugini. Â InÂ part two, he visited (New) Ireland and (New) Britain via a Q400. Â InÂ part three, he checked outÂ remnants of war and got a tower visit. This is the final installment.
I have now flown Air Niugini (airline code: PX)Â more than most Americans ever will. The thing is, no one I knew remotely well enough at the time worked for the airline, which is rare for me. I did, however, know plenty of people who work for their fiercest competitor – Airlines PNGÂ (airline code: CG). Â Clearly, something I needed to take a flight!
After a week of in-country planning, I had finally selected a destination – Goroka, a small town in the highlands of Central PNG. It is one of the highest airports in the country at 5,200 feet. It was also a reasonable airfare and a crew of people who were extremely friendly to an American journalist.