K692 Million Set For Nadzab Airport Expansion
Prime Minister James Marape has officially launched the K692 million Nadzab airport redevelopment project.
The redevelopment of the airport will be funded through a partnership between the PNG government (K114 million) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (K578 million).
The upgrade would enable Nadzab Airport to handle the growing demand for cargo and passenger movements in the Momase and Highlands region triggered by the increase in economic activities.
Mr Marape said the airport would become the international airport linking PNG to other parts of the world.
Minister for Civil Aviation Lekwa Gure said this project was part of the National Airports Corporation (NAC) business strategy to partner with strategic stakeholders including provincial governments to achieve 15 smart airports by 2030 in order to drive the National Government’s aspiration for increased accessibility, economic growth and development.
“Once upgraded, Nadzab will accommodate B737-class aircraft and be able to handle diverted aircraft such as B767, B777 and B787 as an alternate airport to Port Moresby’s Jackson International Airport,” Mr Gure said.
He said the project was awarded to Dai Nippon Nippo Joint Venture as a contractor and was expected to be completed in November 2022.
Japanese Ambassador Mr Kuniyuki Nakahara said the design of the airport building resembled the “kundu drum” from the aerial view.
“Into the kundu-shaped building they will infuse Japanese technologies. It will be an ‘Eco Airport’,” Mr Nakahara said.
The new airport would be structured to utilise the sun’s energy to reduce electricity consumption with special technologies in place.
Mr Nakahara said with such technologies and traditional features, this airport would truly be a symbol of Japan-PNG collaboration and friendship.
Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu said the province was expected to be the economic capital of PNG beginning with Nadzab as the international airport.
He said this project is the only platform for PNG farmers and fisherman to benefit through direct export revenues.
“The Morobe provincial government is driving agriculture and fisheries through aviation which this project is a key infrastructure in line with the government’s visions,” said Mr Saonu.
Australian High Commissioner Jon Phil congratulated the Morobe provincial government and PNG government to carry out the project.
He said the infrastructure is critical for the country and assured PNG of Australia’s continued support.