Mt Hagen airport to remain closed until security issues are resolved

4:06 pm on 7 September 2018

The National Airport Corporation in Papua New Guinea says it will keep the Kagamuga airport in Mount Hagen closed until safety and security issues are sorted out.

The National newspaper reports it was forced to close because the airport gate keys were taken from NAC officers on Wednesday by members of a landowning group who were not happy with the hiring of security guards.

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The corporation's Chief Executive Richard Yopo said that apart from that incident, there were a number of other security threats which had happened.

As a result it was decided the airport be closed indefinitely until the issues were addressed.

Mr Yopo said the matter has been reported to police so that the people who instigated the disruption to operational services could be arrested.

He said recent incidents included the airport manager being robbed at his home, airport property being stolen or damaged and staff being constantly harrassed.

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