Airport Upgrades Vital: Treasurer

by Paul Oeka - November 27, 2022

Photo: Kavieng Airport

Minister for Treasury Ian Lin-Stuckey has stated that the upgrade of Airports in the Country is Vital for Papua New Guinea's Development.

“I was honoured that Prime Minister James Marape opened the Kavieng Airport upgrade.  This was a historic day for Kavieng, making for safer and better linkages to the rest of PNG and the world."

The expansion of the runway by 500 metres to 2,200 metres means that larger aircraft can take more produce to international markets. More tourists can visit. Kavieng becomes an easier place for doing business. These types of benefits flow from airport upgrades anywhere in our country. Our country’s geography is beautiful but challenging for transport with so many islands and high mountains. The Marape-Rosso Government understands these challenges. 

"The historic PNG Connect program includes not only major road connections but also airport upgrades and wharf upgrades. This is an infrastructure government working towards a fully connected PNG” stated the Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey.

“In addition to the airport runway extension, the quality of the runway was upgraded to make for safer travel. An upgraded airport terminal also makes for more comfortable travel and better handling of cargo and produce. New lights and navigational aids have been added.  A public market has also been built to tap into the expanded economic opportunities from the airport upgrade. The upgrades open the door for direct international flights from Australia and other destinations, making Kavieng more accessible to the world.

“The Kavieng airport upgrade represents the close work between the National Airports Corporation (NAC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is one of many airports across the country that have been upgraded under the “Civil Aviation Development Investment Program” (CADIP).



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