Head of the Asian Development Bank in PNG, Marcelo Minc, says the upgrade of airports in the country is one of the top priority projects of ADB.
In a recent interview with EMTV News, Mr Minc said airports are the key entry points to the world. Minc said it’s not just the facelift, but providing a reliable safer and efficient transport service for the country.
Mr Minc says, PNG is developing, and the CADIP project is to ensure PNG airports comply with international civil aviation safety and security standards.
Progress has been made in Tranche 1 of the program. Boram airport in Wewak, Hoskins in West New Britain, Gurney in Milne Bay, Kagamuga in Western Highlands and the Jackson’s Domestic Terminal in Port Moresby.
Kavieng and Goroka will also see facelifts. Others include Girua in Northern, and Aropa.
In the recent Development Forum, PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, maintained that the understanding between the Government and ADB will ensure the desired objective is achieved.
The Civil Aviation Development Investment Programme or CADIP was developed and adopted by the Government to revitalise and maintain the country’s civil aviation network, mainly the 22 national airports.
Stakeholders in the CADIP project include the National Airports Corporation, CASA and PNG Air Services.