Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Port Moresby Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
“Beware of people offering taxi rides outside of the airport. You just might get robbed and mugged!” – (Mom)
POM Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Port Moresby Jackson International Airport.
What to Expect
Port Moresby Airport (code: POM) consists of two small terminals (Domestic and International) linked by a covered walkway. There is a restaurant and some small shops in the recently renovated International Terminal, but limited amenities in the Domestic Terminal. Overall, the International Terminal is described as being much more clean and sanitary than the Domestic Terminal. One reviewer suggests only using the bathrooms in the International Terminal. WiFi is available to help pass the time. And if you don’t mind paying, comfort may be found through fee-based access to one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.
Where to Sleep
We do not have any recent sleep-related airport reviews, but one past review (2014) from a former resident advised against sleeping at the airport due to personal security and hygiene reasons. Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
Good to Know
Be wary of scam artists and pickpockets, and keep a close watch on your bags at all times, even when going through security. Pre-organize your ground transportation.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Port Moresby Airport Guide.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Port Moresby Airport does not appeal to you (and we REALLY wouldn’t blame you), there are hotels near the airport:
- Gateway Hotel & Apartments – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located across the road from the airport. A 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Airways Hotel – (2 minute drive from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request, airport pick costs Rs 200 and drop offs are free. » Check Rates
- Ponderosa Family Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Holiday Inn Port Moresby – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Port Moresby Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
- VIP Lounge – Location: International Terminal
- First Class Lounge – Location: Domestic Terminal
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.
Air Niugini Paradise Lounge – Locations: Domestic Terminal, Airside • International Terminal, Airside.
Free WiFi is available in both Domestic and International terminals. For access, you must present your boarding pass and photo ID or passport to the NAC Information Desk inside the departures lounge in order to get your username and password.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.
Banking Services – Banque Socredo Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 8:00AM – 11:45AM and 1:30PM – 4:30PM (Mon-Fri).
Business Center – Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 7:30AM – 6:00PM (Mon-Fri), 7:30AM – 1:00PM (Sat) and 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Sun).
Currency Exchange – Yes, available.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in the International Terminal.
Food & Drink – Restaurant and Snack Bar are available at the airport.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available landside in the International Terminal. Rate: unknown. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 10:00PM every day except Thursday when it closes at 11:00PM.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Postal Services – Postal and telecommunication services are available at OPT. Location: T1/Domestic, Landside Hours: 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 3:00PM (Mon-Thurs) and 6:30AM – 11:00AM/12:00PM – 2:00PM (Fri).
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.
Port Moresby airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Air Niugini • Philippines Airlines • PNG Air • Qantas • Virgin Australia.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Airways Hotel • Gateway Hotel & Apartments • Holiday Inn Port Moresby • Ponderosa Family Hotel • The Shady Rest Hotel.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.
Last updated: 2020-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.