9 Aug 2012

Papuans block airstrip in Asmat district

7:38 am on 9 August 2012

Locals in Asmat district in Indonesia's Papua have blockaded the local airstrip, calling for compensation owed for land used in an expansion of the facility.

Airport official, John Rettob, says it has now been two weeks since Trigana Air has been able to fly to Ewer due to the action.

He told the Jakrta Globe locals are demanding reimbursement for land used by the local district authority to extend the length of the airstrip.

He says the goal of the extension is to allow bigger planes to land there.

The airstrip is currently serving flights from Timika and Merauke.

There are 17 outer routes served by Timika, and three airlines serve these routes.

Papua contains a very limited land road network, and thus relies heavily on air transportation to access the hinterland.