Work has commenced on expanding and upgrading the Nadzab Airport in Lae, Morobe Province.This will cost k692 million, funded by the PNG Government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
A ground-breaking ceremony was held by NAC, JICA and other key stakeholders including the Morobe Provincial Government on the 30th of July, 2020 to signify the start of construction.
This project is part of the National Airports Corporation - Business Strategy to partner with strategic stakeholders including provincial governments to deliver sustainable airports by 2030 in order to drive the National Government’s aspirations for nationwide economic growth and development.
Funding for the project is comprised of JICA loan of 26, 942 Billion Japanese Yen (approximately K578 million) and GoPNG Counterpart funding of K114 million.
Once upgraded, Nadzab will accommodate B737 class aircraft and will be able to handle diverted aircraft such as B767, B777 and B787 as an alternate airport to Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport.
The upgrade will also enable Nadzab Airport to handle the growing demand for cargo and passenger movements in the Momase and Highlands regions triggered by increasing economic activities in these regions.
Nadzab Airport Redevelopment Project (NARP) will be undertaken in two components.
The first component involves;
- Widening and strengthening of the runway and new concrete apron, capable of accommodating two B737 type Aircrafts.
- Construction of a new taxi way and apron with improvements to aeronautical ground lights.
- Construction of a new terminal building, and facilities for administration and associated utilities.
- Refurbishment of existing passenger terminal into a cargo terminal building
- Renovation of the existing control tower
- Construction of a new carpark and landside facilities.
The second component involves Flood Embankment to protect the airport from the nearby Erap River.
This project is expected to be completed in November 2022 and will be led by Contractor, Dai Nippon Nippo Joint Venture, who was awarded the contract by NAC in November, 2019.