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  • DoT Port visit at Puma Energy

    MTAP Port Visit

    Officers in the Maritime Technical Assistance Program observing ISPS security application at Puma Energy's port facility.

  • The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in port policy and administration

    Capacity Development Program

    DoT Maritime officers with JICA experts on a port facility survey as part of the Capacity Development Program on Port Policy and Administration

  • Moresby Express an ISPS compliant ship

    ISPS Compliant Ships

    Maritime Security Division enforces the ISPS code in PNG via the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2005

  • TSPU officer at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby

    Transport Security Policy Unit

    TSPU officer from DoT at Jackson's airport

Licences for Domestic Commercial Air Services are issued under Part X- DOMESTIC AIR SERVICES of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (as amended).

The Secretary of the Department of Transport is the Licensing Authority for Domestic Air Service Licences. Licences issued under this category are valid for a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 24 months.

The domestic market is fully deregulated meaning Airlines are at liberty to operate on any routes of choice in Papua New Guinea and utilizing any aircraft type subject to compliance with safety and security requirements of and suitability of Airport infrastructure.

Domestic Airlines are allowed to operate foreign registered air crafts for a period of six months only and after which the aircraft must leave the country. In any case, a foreign registered aircraft is not permitted to remain in Papua New Guinea for periods exceeding 12 months. Prior to the lapse of the 12-month period the aircraft must either be placed on the PNG (P2) register or alternatively be exported.

Air Niugini and Airlines PNG operate domestic services primarily hubbed from Port Moresby.

ANG flies point-to-point services to main domestic airports, loop services to the Islands and Momase regions covering a further nine airports and some interconnecting services from the regional airports of Lae, Hoskins and Madang.

Airlines PNG operates first and second level services using mainly Dash-8, competing against ANG but also serving smaller airports from hubs at Daru and Port Moresby covering Western and Central Provinces using DHC-6 aircraft. Airlines PNG also flies on-demand and charter services to a number of smaller airports, about 50 destinations in all.

A new entrant, privately owned Travel Air, based in Madang, was certified to commence operations in November 2011 using four Fokker F50 turboprop aircraft. Initially operating daily scheduled flights between Madang and Port Moresby, Hoskins and Rabaul.

Another operator, a church sponsored airline, serves remote rural airstrips throughout Papua New Guinea, but concentrated in the Highlands, for community support, mission, and emergency relief purposes, as well as commercial passengers and freight.

Other small fixed wing and helicopter charter operators support the resource sector but also operates on general charter, flying into small airfields and remote worksites.

Domestic Commercial Air Service Licence 

Domestic Commercial Air Service Licence Renewal 

Secretary's Foreword

In July 2013, the current Government approved the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which comprises the 2014-2030 Policy and related Investment Plan (2014-2018) as our road map for the Transport Sector in PNG. The NTS specifies the sub sector modal policies, plans and priority projects that have been identified by the sector agencies for delivery.

Department of Transport will continue to be the lead agency in the Coordination& Monitoring of the NTS and in developing transport sector policies, identifying and setting strategies, Planning & Budgeting and Monitoring & Coordination of those Policies and Plans for the three modes of transportation: air, land and sea in PNG.

The 2014 elevation of the former Ministry of Transport, under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Determinations, to the new Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure in the coordination of key transport infrastructures approved by the Government has challenged the Department's preparedness to take on the added responsibility.

However, this does not change our aspirations to focus on the Department of Transport's vision by striving to improve on our consultation and collaboration with our many stakeholders and partnering with the industry and communities to facilitate the delivery of a well-integrated, safe and sustainable transport system in PNG.

Our Secretary

Department of Transport & Infrastructure Secretary

Roy Mumu, OBE