The aviation industry in Papua New Guinea, plays a vital role in the changing economic, political and social development of the country as alternative forms of transport are often not available. Given the complexity of PNG’s topography and terrain that presents major constraints to road constructions, air transport for many parts of PNG is (and will continue to be) the only possible means that link many remote communities to the main centres of the country.
The National Airports Corporation (NAC) owns and operates 22 national airports in Papua New Guinea – (13 jet airports and 9 non-jet airports). Port Moresby (Jackson) International Airport is the main gateway into the country while Nadzab (Lae), Gurney (Alotau) and Kagamuga (Mt. Hagen) are international security designated airports and handle or can handle international flights. The NAC was formed in 2010 and exists under the Trustee Shareholding of Minister for Civil Aviation and the Minister for Finance. NAC is governed by a Board of Directors.
Under the CAA Act 2000 (as amended), the principle function of the NAC is to own, operate, manage and maintain airports. The NAC is mandated by the PNG Government to:
(a) improving, developing, maintaining, operating or managing the 22 national airports or any other airport established by the Minister on his own or as a joint venture; and
(b) carrying out any business or undertaking, carried on in connection with an airport; and
(c) facilitating and assisting in the establishing of airport authorities; and
(d) providing aviation security services; and
(e) providing aviation rescue fire-fighting services; and
(f) developing for airport related purposes or otherwise, either on its own or with others, any land surplus to the requirements of an airport; and
(g) entering into licence arrangements or joint ventures with a province for that province to establish an airport authority; and
(h) entering into leasing or management arrangements with a suitable person or persons, on terms and conditions to be approved by the Minister, for any airport.
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT'S STATEMENT OF EXPECTATION ON NAC, DELIVERED BY FORMER CAA MINISTER HON. DAVIS STEVEN, LLB, MP
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