Papua New Guinea’s airports are to be upgraded.
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.