A new terminal project worth over K3 million which is jointly funded by the District Development Authority (DDA) and PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) will now allow for smooth operations of flights in and out of Western Province and also give a facelift to airline services provided to the travelling public.
Member for North Fly James Donald says not much changes have taken place in the past years for the benefit of the people in Western Province, however, with the support of key stakeholders, change is now evident for a better future for all.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held in Kiunga on Friday, he said the new terminal will boost economic activities and safe airlines services not only in Western Province but PNG as a whole.
The new airport facility includes parameter fencing, upgrade of the runway, carpark zones and an airport terminal amongst others.
Present to witness the groundbreaking ceremony were OTML manager for Kiunga operations Dexter Wagambie, CEO of PNGSDP John Wylie, NAC rep Mark Salin, AGL Builders rep David Mackenzie and Mr Rupert Tabua, Deputy Provincial Administrator for Western Province.
This new airport terminal building is in-line with the Civil Aviation Development Infrastructure Program (CADIP) aimed at rebuilding rundown facilities in Kiunga airport.
Mr Donald says the North Fly DDA allocated K1.5 million while PNGSDP allocated over K2 million with Fly River Provincial Government including Ok Tedi Mining Limited giving further assurance of their commitment to support the terminal project.
He says it is a dream come true for many business houses, stakeholders and residents in the province, most especially the people from the native tribes of Awin and Yongom in Kiunga who will after more than sixty years see a brand new terminal in the province.