Kagamuga International airport

​Late Konga’s body repatriated

On arrival at the Kagamuga International Airport in Mt Hagen, from Port Moresby, the casket was then flown over by chopper to his village in the Anglimp South Waghi District.

His immediate relatives and tribesmen convoyed to receive his body at the airport. The atmosphere was fused with heavy emotion as the vehicles passed along the highway to his village.

At Rolgomb Village, thousands turned up to receive his casket.

Air Niugini resumes Mt Hagen flights

This follows advice from the airport authority, the National Airports Corporation (NAC), that the airport has been reopened.

In a statement, the firm said: “The NAC, police, airlines and community representatives held a meeting at the airport area yesterday morning where police and the communities concerned have assured the traveling public and staff working at the airport of their safety.

“Air Niugini suspended all flights to and from Mt Hagen last week due to election related unrest.”

Kagamuga airport disrupted by candidates and supporters

Flights in and out of the airport were cancelled with frustrated passengers from the other Highlands Provinces left stranded.

Air Niugini Public Relations confirmed the suspension of its afternoon flight, and said an official statement will be released once approved by the CEO.

A passenger who travelled from neighbouring Southern Highlands Province, Brian Waffi said it was frustrating because he did not plan to spend a night in Mt Hagen.

He said all the candidates and their supporters are sitting on the tarmac and protesting.