The National Airports Corporation (NAC) is pleased to announce the completion of the Runway Pavement Strengthening works at the Mt. Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport in Western Highlands Province. This works forms part of the current Aircraft Pavement Strengthening, New Air Traffic Control Tower and Associated Works Project under the Civil Aviation Development Program (CADIP) which is being implemented by NAC. The completion of this works will now give a much-needed boost to the airport as the nation recuperates from the impact of COVID 19. Furthermore, with Mt Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport being a vital link to the other provinces in the upper highlands region the upgrade of the pavement was much needed to ensure the longevity of the runway. The current upgrade works is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and counterpart funding from the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG).
The ongoing improvement at Mt Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport is part of the NAC’s objective to ensure that all the 22 national airports in PNG operate in secure aerodrome environments that are compliant to the ICAO Standards and the the Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations under CASA.
KAGAMUGA AIRPORT WORKS UNDER CADIP
The current project, Aircraft Pavement Strengthening, New Air Traffic Control Tower and Associated Works at Mt. Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport is valued at K 131m and was awarded to Essar Projects (PNG) Ltd after an international competitive bidding process.
Scope of works includes;
- Strengthening of the deteriorated existing pavement on Apron, Taxiways and Runways including shoulders;
- Widening the runway strip, construction of new Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, new Airport Fire Station, Airport Staff Houses and Maintenance Yard and Workshop.
With the completion of the strengthening works on the existing pavement at Mt. Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport, Jet Aircrafts can now resume services. It has taken a team effort, between all stakeholders, to complete the strengthening works on the runway pavements. Which comes as a relief for the festive season travellers. The associated works is progressing and should be completed by 2021.
Mt Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport also benefited from the construction of a modern terminal building under Tranche 1 of CADIP. In addition, under the supply of fire tenders project which included the procurement and supply of 12x ARFF vehicles to security designated airports, Mt Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport also received 2 x fire tenders which also included the supply of a support vehicle.
The GoPNG through NAC and the CADIP Multi Financing Facility (MFF) loan has invested close to K 200m in total on Mt Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport. A statement of the importance of the Airport to development in the Highlands.
The Mr Hagen (Kagamuga) Airport project is part of the ADB’s Tranche 3 MFF loan under CADIP. All remaining projects under Tranche 3 are expected to be completed by 2021.
Approved for release by:
Mr. Ephraim Wasem
Acting Managing Director and CEO
National Airports Corporation