Member for Pomio, Elias Kapavore, said this today when signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the East New Britain Provincial Government, and the National Airports Corporation. The historical Jacquinot Bay Airport, a World War II relic, has seen very little development over the years.
However, with increasing travel to and from the area, urgent attention was required.
“We are beginning to see an increase in the number of people travelling in and out of Pomio.”
Tropic Air cannot keep up with the demand so we need have this in place (redevelopment) so that we can have another airline operating,” said Kapavore.
East New Britain Governor, Eremas Tobaining Jnr, said the signing was a historic moment for the Province and commended Kapavore for the work he has done for the province since being elected.
A funding of K1.5 million from the Provincial Government (K1 million) and the District Development Authority (K500,000) will go towards funding groundwork for the rehabilitation work.
Also present was Minister for Civil Aviation, Davis Steven, who commended both leaders for the working together.
He said the partnership was an example to the provinces of what could be achieved with open members and Governors working together.
The contract for the project has been awarded and work is expected to begin early next year.
The National Airports Corporation will be providing technical assistance and overseeing the project.