National Airports Corporation

NAC, Polytech sign MoU

The two-year memorandum of understanding, signed today at Nadzab between the NAC and the National Polytechnic Institute of PNG, will see Polytech students get on-the-job training with the airport operator, while also address their gap in human resource.

NAC project director, Tom Nou, said civil aviation is a technical department that has an aging workforce. He outlined that the management, over the years, did not prioritise succession planning for the technical human resource, hence the MoU is one way of addressing their longstanding issue.

NAC Starts Peak Period Ops

This special Christmas operations will include collaboration with the Royal PNG Constabulary. This has been set up at the Jacksons Airport including, Mount Hagen, Goroka, Nadzab and Madang airports.

At the Jacksons airport, three security checkpoints have been set up at key locations within to carry out appropriate security checks on vehicles and persons entering the airport area.

Mendi Airport eyes October completetion

The Mendi Airport is currently undergoing a K40.2 million development under the Civil Aviation Development Program (CADIP) implemented by the NAC.

Recently a landowner and busissman and the Southern Highlands Provincial Government raised concerns over projects ono-completion.

Landowner and businessman, Alex Awesa, queried the delay in the completion of the Mendi Airport Redevelopment saying the delay is creating an economic vacuum.

Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, concurred and said the Provincial Government has raised the matter with the NAC.

Jackson’s airport restrictions during APEC

National Airports Corporation Managing Director, Richard Yopo, in a statement said it will be temporarily closed as part of the restricted zone for APEC.

The general public is advised to use the domestic airport carpark during this period.

The VIP transit facility, built next to Air Niugini cargo, will also be restricted.

APEC routes in the city will include the Tokarara June Valley road, Independence Drive, Somare Drive and Lawes Road. These roads may be locked down thirty minutes before the motorcade convoy and open straight after for public use.

NAC: Airport will remain open

National Airports Corporation CEO and Managing Director Richard Yopo said statements being circulated is creating unnecessary worry for the public and aviation community.

The APEC CEO summit will take place between November 12th and 18th, with the leaders meet to be held between November 15th and 17th.

Commercial flights may be affected with delays between the 16th and 18th, but the National Airports Corporation, says terminals will not be closed to commercial flights.

K79m for airport fencing and upgrade

Two local companies were among four firms that signed a contract with the National Airports Corporation in Port Moresby on August 24th.

The four companies signed contracts with the National Airports Corporation, under its Civil Aviation Development Infrastructure Program (CADIP) to fence the Kiunga, Kerema and Tari airports and also upgrade the Tari terminal building, aircraft runway and other associated works.

Tari runway inspection complete

The airport was closed after a report from the Royal Air Force claimed there was an underground cavity at the Tari runway.

It is also understood that Air Niugini ceased its flights due to security reasons.

National Airports Corporation quality assurance manager, John Bogona, told this newsroom that hopefully by this week, flights to Tari will resume.

He said a report will be given to Air Niugini today regarding the status of the airport.

The Hela Provincial Government is paying for all the costing involved in the inspection.

Mendi flights suspended

“This is due to advice from National Airports Corporation that they have had to close the airport due to public intrusions onto the runway, damage to airport facilities and threats to NAC staff,” the firm said in a statement.

Flights PX 860/861 on Sunday 08th, 15th and 22nd October have been suspended while the airline closely monitors the situation.

“If the airport becomes available for operations prior to these dates, Link PNG will re-open these flights for sales.

Goroka terminal upgrade progressing

Project officers from the National Airports Corporation shared details of construction of the new airport terminal recently with TVWAN news.

The project is among other airport projects overseen by the NAC and co-financed by the Asian Development Bank and the PNG Government.

The airport program costs K89 million and includes the airport terminal, an extension of the runway and new powerhouse.

PNG Air resumes services into Goroka

Chief Commercial Officer Paul Abbot thanked the National Airports Corporation’s swift reaction.

 Abbot said they “reacted swiftly to resolve the issue of runway damage and made the repairs necessary to allow for safe and ongoing operations”.

The airline cancelled its Goroka flights last week because it felt that the damaged runway poses a significant safety threat to ongoing operations.