Upgraded airport opens in PNG

2:56 pm on 12 December 2015

An upgraded airport in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province has been officially opened, the first of an Asian Development Bank project to upgrade 21 airports around the country.

The improvements to Hoskins aiport include a modernised terminal, an extended runway, strengthened pavements, a perimeter security fence, an eco-friendly sewerage system, and solar-powered lights.

The country director for the ADB's mission in PNG, Marcelo Minc, says the improved airport will boost connectivity between West New Britain and the rest of PNG and stimulate the local economy.

The bank's Civil Aviation Development Investment Programme plans to upgrade 21 airports in Papua New Guinea by 2018.