Chairman Sir Frederick Reiher made the announcement on Friday in Tokua airport during the unveiling of 'Rabaul' F100 aircraft.
The National Airport Corporation and the East New Britain Provincial Government signed and agreement on Thursday for the provision of technical advice which will be followed by a tender for the necessary airstrip upgrading.
The redevelopment of the Jacquinot Bay Airport is a breakthrough for the people of Pomio District.
Member for Pomio, Elias Kapavore, said 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,” says Kapavore during the signing.
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.