Jackson International Airport – Papua New Guinea
Having planned the Least Visited Countries tour for YPT, and then eventually deciding that I would be the tour guide as well, my next job was to arrange how to get to Majuro in the Marshall Islands from China. In the good old days I would have flown north via Hawaii or Guam, but alas my chequered travel past means that is no longer a simple option, so I had to go south, finding that the cheapest way was from Manila, and via PNG, The Solomon Islands and Nauru.
I was to have 4 hours transiting Papua New Guinea, how bad could it be?
Can you transit Jackson International Airport – PNG? Is there a transit area at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
So here’s where things get interesting, not only CAN you transit Jackson International Airport – PNG, but you have to! Anyone with less than an 8-hour gap between flights will not be granted a visa on arrival and will be forced to spend their time at the Jackson International Airport.
One other interesting “fact” for those transiting through Jackson International Airport – PNG, if you have an open packet of cigarettes, they will be confiscated. Closed packs are fine, just open ones, even though you can buy single packs in the airport shop, and double packs in Duty Free. One of the most idiotic things I have seen at an airport, and it would be fair to assume the staff at Jackson International Airport – PNG is using transit to tap on some takeaways for themselves.
What are the facilities like at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
Well, after 4 hours spent in the hell hole that is Jackson International Airport – PNG, I can go into great details about what facilities they have, or rather don’t have here.
- One coffee shop
- One restaurant, closed
- 2 tacky tourist shops
- A VIP lounge (I checked it out at $35 and awful)
- A Duty Free shop selling Aussie classics like Bundy Rum
- A weird convenience type store that sells single packs of cigarettes (despite the fact that they confiscate single packs)
What are the restaurants like at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
Awful and expensive.
Is there free internet at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
The only working internet here is if you manage to get into the VIP lounge. Not even a paid option. Jackson International Airport – PNG is a barren wasteland for the internet.
Are there power points at Jackson International Airport – PNG? Can I charge my phone at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
Power points at one half of the airport, Australian style, and generally don’t support any heavy plug. Another failure for Jackson International Airport – PNG.
Can you smoke at Jackson International Airport – PNG?
Apparently, the reason they confiscate open packs is to avoid people smoking. Zero smoking areas, although some people seemed to be risking it in the toilets.
Review of Jackson International Airport – Papua New Guinea
What an absolute crap hole of an airport. Reading the online guides about Papua New Guinea, they all say how friendly and welcoming the people are. My experience at Jackson International Airport – PNG showed otherwise. To have an airport as boring as this, that you can’t smoke in and has so little to do, and then not providing internet is just plain idiotic.
Jackson International Airport is an awful airport, if you must layover here, do at least 8 hours so you can leave the airport.
We award Jackson International Airport – Papua New Guinea 1.3 Travel Stars – very poor form.