Avi­a­tion

Pa­pua New Guinea’s air­ports are to be up­graded.

Business Advantage Papua New Guinea - - Contents - By Kevin Mcquil­lan

Pa­pua New Guinea’s gate­way air­port, Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional in Port Moresby, is about to be ex­panded. The plan is to have the pri­vate sec­tor de­sign, build, fi­nance, op­er­ate and main­tain the air­port fa­cil­i­ties.

The Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) is over­see­ing the pro­ject. Marcelo Minc, the ADB’S Coun­try Di­rec­tor for PNG, says the plans in­clude a new in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal, the ex­ten­sion of the main run­way, and other in­fras­truc­ture en­hance­ments.

The ex­pan­sion of the ter­mi­nal is a re­sponse to ex­pec­ta­tions of a huge in­crease in traf­fic over the next 10 to 15 years. It fol­lows an up­grade in 2015, which re­sulted in ex­panded checkin coun­ters, ad­di­tional im­mi­gra­tion fa­cil­i­ties, bet­ter for­eign cur­rency ex­changes and more cafés, duty-free liquor stores, sou­venir shops and restau­rants.

The coun­try’s 21 re­gional air­ports are grad­u­ally be­ing im­proved. Goroka Air­port in East­ern High­lands Province is be­ing up­graded at a cost of K82 mil­lion by China’s COVEC Co. and is due to be ready in time to host APEC events in Novem­ber 2018.

Other air­ports un­der­go­ing up­grades in 2017 are Van­imo Air­port, Girua in Po­pon­detta and Chimbu.

The Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency is lead­ing the K600 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Lae Nadzab air­port, sched­uled for com­ple­tion by Au­gust 2020.

Both car­ri­ers, Air Ni­ug­ini and PNG Air, are up­grad­ing their fleets. Air Ni­ug­ini is re­plac­ing its Dash-8 fleet with nine Dutch-built Fokker 70 air­craft. It is buy­ing four new Boe­ing 737s for de­liv­ery in 2020/21.

PNG Air is re­plac­ing its Dash-8 fleet with the 74-seat French-ital­ian built ATR 72-600. It will have 12 such air­craft by 2020. 

An Air Ni­ug­ini plane at Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Port Moresby.

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