by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae
The Government has invested K27 million into nine state of the art fire trucks, in its latest move to get Papua New Guinea’s airports to the same par as the world.
The trucks are fully funded by the Asian Development Bank, in partnership with the National Airports Corporation.
In the last three years, airport infrastructure developments have been occuring.
The Mt. Hagen airport was opened late last month, and Kimbe’s Hoskins airport five days ago.
Papua New Guinea’s main airports are being improved to meet world standards.
Goroka will also have a new K82 million airport- all paid from an Asian development bank loan. Its investment, the government is keen on making.
Today, six new with new fire trucks arrive at the Lae ports.
“The trucks are specifically made for Papua New Guinea, our staff went over to get training,” said National Airports Corporation Managing Director, Joseph Tupiri.
While critics may say that the government is spending too much money on airports and the loan will put a burden on the economy.
National Airports Corporation Managing Director, Joseph Tupiri, says the impact of having state of the art airport facilities brings more opportunities for Papua New Guinea as the world changes.
“In our sector we have these brand new fire trucks, our people properly trained, infrastructure properly trained, you create that peace of mind, we become part of the global community,” said Tupiri.
Papua New Guinea’s economic growth and image in the Pacific will be improved. The challenge for the National Airports Corporation is to effectively sustain the airports by creating independent internal revenue streams.