SECURITY INCREASED AT NEW CALEDONIA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (Nov. 6, 2002 - Oceania Flash)---New Caledonia's only international airport of La Tontouta has been upgraded with improved security systems, including explosive detectors, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported.

The new equipment has been operational since last Thursday and has shortened lines since the luggage-scanning equipment is placed on the conveyers after travelers have checked in.

It aims at conveying the image of security that the French territory needs for its tourism markets, mainly in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and metropolitan France.

The new equipment is reported to cost close to $1.5 million, with three-quarters paid by the French civil aviation and the local Chamber of Commerce, which is in charge of the airport's management.

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