The NAC plans to have 15 smart airports in the coming decade.
This aim is in line with the Government’s Take back PNG policy leading to the 2030 growth strategy.
This will be done in phase two of the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program or CADIP.
NAC’s General Manager, Strategic Management, Manuai Kematan, says “the vision can only be realized when the people of PNG are fully engaged and committed to performance productivity and service delivery”
As the National Airports Corporation conclude the CADIP 1 initiative, its second phase, CADIP 2 is already being discussed.
And one of the major plans under CADIP 2 is to extend the runway in Port Moresby International Airport from 2750 meters to 3000 meters with parallel taxi-ways to the extreme ends of the runways.
In addition to that a rapid exit taxi way will be introduced, which allow aeroplanes to leave the runway much quicker and at higher speeds, while allowing another aeroplane to land almost immediately.
Kematan, says aviation traffic growth has increased rapidly in the last three years and the NAC is taking these measures to be able to cater for the growing number of travelers while bearing in mind the importance of building to international aviation standards.
By Helen Sea, EMTV News, Port Moresby