Marape: K91.85mil airport upgrade a huge investment
Prime Minister James Marape says the K91.85 million upgrading of the Kavieng airport in New Ireland is one of the biggest investments in the province.
He yesterday attended the ground-breaking ceremony and said the project, to be completed by July 2022, would create an enabling environment for economic development in the province and country.
“I see this airport as an economic investment,” he said.
“New Ireland is a very strategic area for tourism, farming and fishing. Money is sleeping in the land and sea.”
He challenged the people to engage in agriculture and small-medium enterprises as it was the Government’s job to create enabling environments for the people.
He said the new airport would bring the world to New Ireland and vice-versa.
Civil Aviation Minister Lekwa Gure said the China Railway Construction Engineering Group Company Ltd was awarded the contract in March.
The National Airport Corporation (NAC) issued a notice of commencement on July 6.
He said the project would include the extension of the runway, design and construction of a new terminal building, car park and access roads, rehabilitation of NAC facilities and construction of staff house and office building, airfield lighting and associated works.
The runway would be strong enough to accommodate the Fokker-100 jet aircraft.
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan welcomed the commitment of the Government and said it was the first step to “real economic development”.
“This airport will stimulate business and economic activities and build revenue for the grassroots,” he said.