Closure of Buka airport threatens Bougainville meetings

7:24 pm on 15 August 2019

There are reports from Bougainville that all government meetings scheduled for next week have been deferred until September after the shut down of Buka airport.

Buka Airport

Buka Airport Photo: facebook

The Papua New Guinea National Airways Corporation shut down the Buka airport on Wednesday over security and safety concerns due to animals and people wandering on the tarmac.

NAC has yet to say how long its ban will stay in place.

Air Nuigini is putting on extra flights in Bougainville's Kieta airport.

Meanwhile New Dawn FM reported the PNG Prime Minister James Marape, and Bougainville President John Momis have agreed to put off a series of meetings planned for next week, until September.

The Bougainville legislature was to meet, along with the Joint Supervisory Body and the PNG Cabinet.