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PNG unveils new airport look

Known as Papua New Guinea’s gateway to Asia, Vanimo Airport in the country’s West Sepik province unveiled an upgraded new look this week and is expected to soon host international flights.

National Airports Corporation managing director, Rex Kiponge said it was a K$70.1 million investment, with airport upgrades including a new terminal and extended runway to accommodate increased capacity.

He said they operated 22 airports and considering limited resources, Vanimo was fortunate to receive a state of the art airport facility.

PNG’s Vanimo Airport, known as its gateway to Asia, reopened this week as part of a countrywide civil aviation upgrade program. Picture: Asia Development Bank.

“For far too long, people of West Sepik and the travelling public have been existing out of Vanimo Airport using a smaller airport and it will now be a thing of the past.”.

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Mr Kiponge noted the significant improvements to PNG’s airport infrastructure since establishing the Civil Aviation Development Investment program in 2009, with more and larger aircrafts being accommodated.

“Most of the terminal buildings are being constructed to world class standards like Vanimo,” Mr Kiponge added.

The investment the program receives is being supported by the Asia Development Bank with five more airports across PNG including Madang still under construction.

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