The National Airports Corporation (NAC) wishes to advise the travelling public that most of its regionally operated airports are currently undergoing upgrade work on their runways, taxiways and apron under the CADIP and JICA programs.
These works are intended to revamp and enhance the level of Safety and Security of these airports in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices and the PNG Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Rules and Regulations.
NAC as the Airport Operator is bound by the Rules and Regulations to formulate (in consultation with the Airline Operators) a Method of Working Plan (MOWP) for these individual airports (Projects) and submit to CASA PNG for review and approval.
NAC has received approval from CASAPNG to apply these individual Method of Works Plan (MOWP) under each project.
The MOWP details the staging of works and the impacts, these staging will have on flight operations, considering the restrictions on the availability of movement areas such as runways, runway length(s), taxiways, apron and or sections of apron.
The airport runways, play a very critical role in flight operations, as it dictates the sequence and extent of flight operations into and out of each airport.
Critical stages arise, as and when works on the runways progress towards or is at the centre of the runway.
Consequently, this will result in airports providing at least a minimum runway length available for aircraft operations. In few cases, runway length available, may only accommodate Twin Otter and smaller aircraft types. NAC wants to make it clear that this is unavoidable.
The following airports are currently undergoing construction works on their runways, taxiways, and aprons; Nadzab, Tokua, Wewak; Madang; Kavieng, Mt Hagen, Mendi and Wapenamanda.
Nadzab Airport is undergoing Runway pavement upgrade works. Construction works on stage two (2) MOWP commenced on the 29th of June 2021. Upgrade work on the existing runway, taxiway and apron pavements, will take approximately seven (7) months to complete. The runway length, available under MOWP stage 2 is 1,390 meters which can only accommodate ATR, Dash 8, and smaller aircraft types.
NAC is pleased to announce that the reconstruction works on the Tokua Airport runway pavement has been completed and the runway was opened to full length of 1,720 metres on the 29th of June 2021 for normal aircraft operations including F100 and F70 jet aircraft.
Under the Method of Works Plan (MOWP) for Wewak Airport, runway reconstruction is currently proceeding on Stage 8 and is planned for completion on 18 July, 2021, subject to weather. The runway length available is 880 meters at the western end and is suitable for Dash 8, ATR and smaller type aircraft operations.
Work on MOWP Stage 9 is planned to commence on 19 July, 2021, weather permitting, with 820 meters runway length available at the eastern end.
Reconstruction work on the Madang Airport runway is currently progressing in Stage 5 and is planned for completion on 22 July, 2021, subject to weather. The runway length available is 820 meters at the western end and is suitable for Dash 8, ATR and smaller type aircraft operations.
Work on Stage 6 is planned to commence on 23 July, 2021, subject to weather, with 680 meters length of runway to be available. Unfortunately, this length is for viable operations by Dash 8 and ATR type aircraft and the runway will be available for Twin Otter and smaller aircraft operations during this 3-week period. This is UNAVOIDABLE.
Work on MOWP stage 7 is planned to commence on 14 August, 2021 and will take 3 weeks to complete. The runway length available will be 880 meters which will permit operations by Dash 8, ATR and smaller aircraft.
The full runway length of 1,570m is planned to be available on 31 October, 2021 for F100. F70 and smaller aircraft operations.
The Kavieng Airport, is undergoing runway extension and upgrade on the existing aircraft pavements. Stage 2 of work is currently in progress with completion planned on 15th August 2021. The available runway length under stage 2 MOWP is 1,500 meters which is still accommodating Fokker 100, Fokker F70, ATR and Dash 8 aircraft. The full extended runway length of 2,203 meters at Kavieng Airport is planned to be available by 24 November, 2021.
MT HAGEN AIRPORT
At Mt. Hagen Airport, all major works on the runway and taxiways have been completed with the final stage of the apron works nearing completion, it is anticipated that the entire apron will be opened for use by the 20th of July 2021. The upgraded main runway with a length of 2,190 meters is currently accommodating services by B737, F100, F70 and smaller aircrafts.
Mendi Airport is undergoing upgrade works on the runway, taxiways and apron pavements. The airport has been closed for this upgrading work. On current progress the runway, taxiway and apron are scheduled to be opened for aircraft operations at the end of October 2021. Construction of the new terminal building will continue through to November 2021 with a temporary terminal building being constructed.
Upgrade work on the Wapenamanda Airport’s runway, taxiway and apron has been completed with the new permanent terminal building and carpark yet to be completed. A temporary terminal building has been constructed to facilitate processing of passengers. The Airport was reopened for aircraft operations on Monday 24th May 2021, with a full length of 1,600 meters of the runway.
Whilst NAC acknowledges and regrets that these construction work have, are, or will affect the flow of air traffic into and out of these airports, we also strongly affirm that it is critical to improve and maintain safety compliance at these airports at this time.
NAC’s core objective is to ensure that all 22 national airports operated by NAC, operate in safe and secure Aerodrome environment and that, all are compliant to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and the PNG Civil Aviation Rules Part 139.
NAC appreciates the understanding and patience of all stakeholders during this time.
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ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR / CEO
NATIONAL AIRPORTS CORPORATION