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June 26, 2022

Aropa Airport Reopens After Temporary Shutdown

by Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Following its temporary shutdown yesterday, the Kieta Aropa Airport in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, has now reopened for normal flight operations.

The closure was related to overdue claims by locals.

The airport’s closure was the first ever recorded incident, occurring just five days from its first anniversary after it was officially reopened last year on December 12.

Air Niugini yesterday suspended its flights, but today General Manager, Flight Operations and Security Aviation, Marco McConnell, told EMTV News normal flights will resume tomorrow.

“Air Niugini will resume its next scheduled operations to Kieta tomorrow,” McConnell said.

National Airports Corporation Chief Operating Officer, Sylvester Kenatsi, also told EMTV News Aropa Airport has been reopened for normal flight operations. 

“Airport reopened today. Outstanding claims by ground based events committee has been clarified. Not NAC responsibility, but for member for central to sort out,” he said.

Meanwhile, the matter has been resolved and will not be repeated in future.


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