Tokua Airport

Bad ENB weather affects Dash 8 services

The National Airports Corporation (NAC) has advised that the maintenance works on Rabaul airport, which were supposed to have commenced this evening (February 21st) have now been delayed until March 07th.

“As a result, Air Niugini will continue its normal Fokker aircraft schedule to Rabaul until March 7th,” stated the airline.

“The commencement of works on the airport runway cannot be carried out now due to continuous rainfall in the area.

ENB governor calls for Tokua upgrade

The Governor said the upgrade will allow the Province to have direct international flights and increase its tourism exposure.

The Governor believes the upgrade would be a significant investment and will have an immediate impact on the economy.

He stated that direct international flights would be cheaper, making it conducive for increased tourist numbers.

“I am trying and I’m appealing to the National Government to hear my cry to have the Tokua Airport to an international airport.

“Tourism is one of the best industries anywhere in the world.

​Improved airport infrastructure can minimise aviation risks, says Minister

This point was highlighted by Civil Aviation Minister Davis Steven and emphasised by National Airports Corporation (NAC) Managing Director, Joseph Tupiri, to statements by East New Britain Governor Ereman ToBaining that Tokua Airport needs an upgrade.

Governor ToBaining revealed this when welcoming Steven and those participating in the third Aviation Safety and Security Annual Conference in Kokopo.

He said the Tokua Airport last underwent an upgrade seven years ago on its runway, which is now in need of repair.