The first of airport improverments was realized in Port Moresby this week;the opening of new car booths, park and food courts at Jackson’s domestic section.
Overthe last five yearsthe Jacksons airports has seen many changes asthe number of travellers increase.
This is all part ofthe NAC‘s modernisation and improverment drive.
A K90 million loan was given bythe ANZ bank to complementthe government’s budget of K30 million to carryout re-development ofthe Domestic terminal.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neil said Airports are important for the economy and as such his government is serious to develop itostarting withthe main centres.
After a tour ofthe facilities,thPM :lso appealed for users to look afterthe new infrastructures.
An additional three new airport rescue and fire trucks add tothe airport’s fleet.
Last year alone, over a million people travelled by air and used airport facilities.
Withthe improverment in its Airport facilities,the National Airports Corporation will be charging domestic travellers’ taxes.
NAC is charging an additional K20 for departure and arrival tax at all airports. And this tax will be enforced by Air Nuigini and ther third line air operators using its facilities.
NAC Chief Executive Office, Joseph Kintau say, it has an agreement withthe industry to chargethe fees because of capital investment.
Customers of Air Nuigini have already noticed this change inthe fees.
Air Nuigini says it only collectsthe fees for NAC, and thatthe Ticket fee alone is Air Nuigini’s.
This is amongthe many different types of taxes charged by Air Nuigini and NAC to add up tothe final purchase of a ticket by customers.
The tax was implemented last month.
Meanwhile, insidethe domestic terminal at Jacksons,there is renovation work underway including some ofthe check-in counters.
Air Niugini advisesthe traveling public to go at-least three hours early to check-in for flights.
Alice Thomas, National EMTV News