Incomplete airport needs funding: Minister

Work to complete the upgrading of Vanimo Airport will recommence when funding is made available, says Civil Aviation Minister Davis Steven.

Steven was responding to questions in Parliament on Tuesday from West Sepik Governor Amkat Mai.    

The Civil Aviation Minister said Tadji Airport is not under the 22 certified airports overseen by National Airport Corporation (NAC) but will seek clarification and response in writing to the governor.     

Steven said the redevelopment will start when funding is released to NAC.  

He added that over K46 million had already been paid to the contractor before work stalled. 

Mai wanted clarification on the delay in completing the 500 metres of runway extension, the parking area and redevelopment of the terminal.

He also asked if the Airport Corporation had plans to redevelop Tadji Airport in Aitape.  

Charles Yapumi