19 Aug 2003

Palau to patch up runway

6:37 am on 19 August 2003

Palau's vice-president says problems with the runway of the international airport could damage the tourism industry.

A report by the Federal Aviation Association says the runway is in a bad state of disrepair requiring urgent and immediate attention.

The vice president Sandra Pierantozzi says some cracks are now appearing.

"The airport right now has basically lived its age so it needs a new complex resurfacing. We are doing our best to make sure the airport is safe."

Ms Pierantozzi says maintenance has been done to prevent cracks widening.

Costs to fix the runway are estimated to be 10-million US dollars, but this is yet to be discussed by Palau's congress.