National Planning Minister, Charles Abel, has applauded the work carried out by the National Airports Corporation (NAC) that has seen major improvements on airport infrastructure around the country.
Minister Abel says NAC has shown its commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea by changing the image of some airport facilities, beginning with the main entry port of Port Moresby.
Abel said NAC has done tremendous work delivering to the government’s expectations, which now includes the rural airstrips program.
“If you look at the wonderful Mount Hagen Airport and terminal, it’s a wonderful example of some of the quality investments the government and good work through some of the state owned enterprises in particular the National Airports Corporation is doing.
“The various airport extension work that NAC is doing like here in Port Moresby alone in the international and domestic terminals which was significantly upgraded. Port Moresby is the entry port of the country and the facelift is magnificent,” said Minister Abel.
Air Niugini Board Chairman, Sir Frederick Reiher, was also satisfied with the outcome of quality work by NAC.
While Papua New Guinea remains very dependent on commercial air services, Air Niugini was very pleased of its own modernisation program, accompanied by the largest airport redevelopment program.
“We thank the national government for this visionary program that does not just benefit the travelling public – it also benefits the nation’s airlines, including Air Niugini.
“The re-development of Port Moresby, Hagen, Goroka, Lae and Hoskins airports and the newest inclusion of Buka – with others to be added in the future – is delivering massive benefits for the whole air travel sector,” Sir Frederick said.
The airport redevelopment program lays the foundation and growth of the tourism industry.
National Tourism Minister, Tobias Kulang, says the airline industry plays a crucial role in tourism that allows access to key markets.
“Airlines continue to play a key role to tourism and it’s important for our country,” he said.