PORT MORESBY AIRPORT TO GET $186 MILLION FACELIFT

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New world class terminals to handle bigger aircraft

By Jonathan Tannos PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 7, 2010) - The Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby will receive a PGK500 million [US$186 million] new look this year.

The half-a-billion-kina investment will include bigger and world class parking bays and terminals for bigger aircraft including Boeing 747s and 767s and similar.

This was confirmed on Tuesday by re-appointed Works, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Don Polye, following his swearing-in at the Government House.

On implementation of the aviation master plan, a determined Minister Polye wants it "done a bit faster."

He said this when confirming the PGK1.8 billion for the rehabilitation of PNG airports, which would pave the way for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to become a 100 percent self-funding commercial entity.

Mr. Polye told reporters that the developments must start immediately.

"CAA and its operations including its commercialization program that I started will be given much attention to remove delays and complacency," Polye said.

He said with millions of kina worth of assets around the country, CAA will be required to upgrade its operations and performance to achieve maximum commercial capacity.

He said this would result in the authority attaining self-funding status without the need for inclusion in the National Government budget every year.

He said CAA must quickly achieve the status to "ease the pressure on the Government budget" to enable them to "baby sit themselves."

The Post-Courier understands the architectural design for the new-look Jacksons International Airport have been completed and are only awaiting an official launching by Minister Polye and Finance and Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch.

It is not known at this stage when letting of contracts will begins but a government commitment is for the project to kick-start this year.

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