Hayfield airstrip still needs upgrading

More works on Hayfield Airstrip in Maprik District is needed before commercial airline can service that route.

This is one of the proposed routes for the state owned subsidiary of Air Niugini to land in East Sepik the Province.

Link PNG acting general manager Marco McConnell told Loop PNG that a lot of work is still needed for the airstrip to meet standard and criteria for flight operations.     

“A lot of work had to go into that like, feasibility studies, surveys, markets in that area for approvals.”

He added that airport authorities will have to certify the airstrip before planes can land.  

Currently Link PNG operates to Popondetta, Daru, Kiunga, Tabubil, Wapenamenda, Mendi, Tari, Moro, Bulolo and Lihir.

Also servicing main ports which are being upgraded and cannot take in bigger Air Niugini F70 and F100 planes. 

Charles Yapumi