Port Moresby Airport

Jacksons International Airport, also known as Port Moresby Airport, is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea. It is located five miles (8km) outside Port Moresby. It’s owned by PNG National Airports Corporation Ltd and operated by PNG National Airports Corporation Ltd. It is the primary hub for Air Niugini, the national airline, as well as Airlines PNG. It replaced the original Port Moresby Airport, now the suburb of Waigani. The airfield used to be a World War II military airfield complex. In 1940, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) built a runway in recognition of the city’s strategic importance during the war in the Pacific. The airstrip of the original runway was upgraded during World War II and two additional runways were added by the United States Air Force. The existing terminal building being used today was constructed in 1959, while a concrete, apron, and parallel taxiway were completed in 1963. The airport offers regular domestic flights between Port Moresby and Lae, the only feasible way of travelling between. Aside from international and domestic flights, the airport also offers helicopter charter services for travel to remote locations.


Port Moresby Airport is comprised of two terminals, the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal, connected by a covered walkway. Air Niugini and Airlines PNG utilise the Domestic Terminal, while all other airlines, including Air Niugini and Airlines PNG aircraft serving international routes operate at the International Terminal. Four aircraft parking bays are housed in the International Terminal, two of which are equipped with aerobridges. Some of the local destinations that Air Niugini serve are Alotau, Buka, Daru, Goroka, Hoskins, Kavieng, Kerema, Kiunga, Kundiawa, Lae, Lihir Island, Lorengau, Madang, and Mendi. Sunstate Airlines-operated QantasLink offers flights between Port Moresby and Cairo, Egypt while Virgin Australia offers flights to and from Brisbane. Air Niugini’s international destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Cebu, Denpasar/Bali, Hong Kong, Honiara, Manila, Nadi, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo-Narita.

Services and Facilities

As the gateway to Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby Airport is usually the first and last place that travellers to the country set foot on. This is why aside from security and safe travel, convenience is also top priority; making sure that your arrival in and departure from Papua New Guinea will be a pleasant experience. Both terminals have rental car areas where you can choose from a number of trusted rental car companies. The International Terminal Building has a bank, several ATMs, duty-free shops, and a restaurant. For any inquiries or should you require assistance, just approach the tourist information area. It also has a VIP lounge and VIP ceremonial plaza. Meanwhile, the Domestic Terminal building also has a first-class lounge, ATMs, and a snack bar office area. Among the airport’s facilities is the Air Niugini’s head office, which is located in the Air Niugini House, situated on airport property. Some of the hotels located near the airport are Airways Hotel, Grand Papua Hotel, Crowne Plaza Port Moresby, Ela Beach Hotel and Apartments, Gateway Hotel, Holiday Inn Port Moresby, and Lamana Hotel – all of which provide airport transfers via shuttle.  

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 Getting To & From the Airport

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From Port Moresby, head northwest, turn right toward Islander Dr, take the 1st right toward Islander Dr, and turn left. Take Cameron Rd to Gordon Circuit then take Spoonbill Dr, turn right at Kookaburra St. The airport will be on the left.  

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A number of hotels offer airport shuttle services to and from the airport.  

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The recommended taxi companies that operate in Port Moresby are Ark, Red Dot, and Scarlet Taxis.  

 Who flies to Port Moresby

 Airport Contact Details

Port Moresby Airport

PO Box 684,
Boroko NCD,
Civil Aviation Authority,
Port Moresby,

Tel:+675 (0)324 4400

 Location Details

Longitude:147° 13' 0'' E
Latitude:9° 26' 33'' S

 Airport Location

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