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Port Moresby 20 August 2014 Flying with Air Niugini

“One thing you have to remember is,” said one staffer in Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby, “PNG is acronym for Promise Not Guaranteed. Never think that by holding a valid flight ticket you are guaranteed to fly.” Last week, Indonesian and PNG government held an annual border meeting in Port Moresby. One Indonesian delegation of 40 people was departing from Jayapura and crossed the land border to Vanimo in Papua New Guinea side. From the northern city, together with the Indonesian Consulate delegation, they were supposed to take domestic flight with the national carrier, Air Niugini, to Port Moresby. But once they arrived in the airport, they were told that the flight they were taking had no seat left. All of them held a confirmed ticket, but they were refused to fly. Worse, there were no other flights in the next three days. Thanks to assistance from the PNG governor in Vanimo, they finally made their way to Port Moresby, by chartering a special airplane! Jacksons International Airport, Papua New Guinea (AGUSTINUS WIBOWO) Today I was to fly from Port Moresby to Daru. It’s a small island which once served as the capital of Western Province, the westernmost province bordering [...]

January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Port Moresby 20 Agustus 2014: Terbang bersama Air Niugini

“Satu hal yang kamu ingat,” kata seorang staf Kedutaan Indonesia di Port Moresby pada saya, “PNG itu singkatan Promise Not Guaranteed. Jangan dikira kalau kamu sudah punya tiket, kamu sudah pasti akan bisa terbang.” Minggu lalu, pemerintah Indonesia dan Papua Nugini menggelar pertemuan perbatasan tahunan di Port Moresby. Satu delegasi Indonesia 40an orang berangkat dari Jayapura, menyeberang perbatasan darat ke kota Vanimo di sisi Papua Nugini, dan dari sana mereka bersama rombongan Konsulat berencana menggunakan penerbangan domestik Air Niugini dari Vanimo ke Port Moresby. Tetapi begitu tiba di bandara, mereka diberitahu bahwa sudah tidak ada tempat duduk lagi bagi mereka, walaupun mereka semua sudah memegang tiket terkonfirmasi. Alhasil, delegasi besar itu terdampar di Vanimo, padahal pertemuan akan dibuka keesokan harinya! Tidak ada penerbangan lain sampai tiga hari ke depan. Dengan bantuan gubernur di Vanimo, akhirnya mereka berhasil terbang ke Port Moresby pada waktu terakhir, dengan men-charter pesawat khusus! Jacksons International Airport, Papua New Guinea (AGUSTINUS WIBOWO) Hari ini saya akan terbang dari Port Moresby menuju Daru, pulau kecil yang sebelumnya adalah ibukota Western Province—provinsi ujung barat yang berbatasan langsung dengan Indonesia. Saya semula ingin menumpang perahu nelayan atau perahu kargo atau perahu cepat apa pun untuk menuju ke sana, tetapi [...]

January 12, 2015 // 22 Comments