Upgrading Nadzab Airport To Take International Flights
NADZAB Airport in Lae is set to undergo redevelopment this year.
As earlier highlighted, the facility is mooted to become the second international airport for Papua New Guinea.
Nadzab Airport redevelopment project manager Beatus Kili said this when presenting the project updates to the Morobe provincial government and senior public servants of the Morobe provincial administration yesterday at the Lae International Hotel.
He said the project cost K700 million of which the Japanese government assisted with K574 million and K114 million from the PNG government.
He said contract has already been awarded to a company, Dai-Nippon Joint Venture and the company has begun its mobilization exercise for the project redevelopment to begin.
“The project is designed in a way that it suit people from all walks of life and will have state of the art facilities and latest Japan technologies.
“We choose to redevelop Nadzab airport by investing in this impact project in Morobe because we have a good standing relationship with Morobeans and we expect huge returns from the investment to repay the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) step loan,” Mr Kili said.
He told the Morobe provincial executive council members, Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, deputy governor Willie Simbisi and senior public servants of the MPA that National Airports Corporation (NAC) wanted to partner with them in this investment.
He said NAC’s aim in this project was to rehabilitate and improve the facilities, equipments and utilities of Nadzab Airport to meet international standards of an international airport.
This is because it was more central and accessible to Papua New Guineans than Jackson Airport in Port Moresby.
Mr Saonu said he was satisfied with the project progress adding that this is one of the impact projects that Morobe has been waiting for. He said the provincial government was ready to partner with NAC and JICA during the project construction.
He urged NAC and JICA to ensure the MPG, district and LLG of where the project is located, must partner with them as well by making the locals part of the redevelopment project by engaging them so they can participate meaningfully without complaints.
“If we focus on partnerships, ownerships and participations by concern stakeholders, then no one will be against us so we can work together to deliver the project before 2022 general election,” Mr Saonu said.