11 Dec 2014

Bougainville's Aropa Airport to re-open Friday

7:08 pm on 11 December 2014

Aropa airport in Papua New Guinea's autonomous province Bougainville is being officially re-opened tomorrow after being shut for 24 years after the civil war broke out.

Aropa at Arawa had been the province's main airport up till that point.

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI

An airfield at Buka was later brought into commission and an extensive upgrade at Aropa will now mean Bougainville is the only province with two airports.

Earlier this week Air Niugini conducted a successful test flight carrying civil aviation officials to Aropa.

New Dawn FM reports the re-opening will be led by the PNG prime minister, Peter O'Neill.