Build airport cities

The development of new airports in Papua New Guinea is expected to be of modernized standards which will serve as an economic engine for the growth and development of the country.

Minister of International Trade and Investment, Richard Maru, made the comment during his recent meeting with the management team of the National Airports Corporation (NAC) to discuss the development of Nadzab and Tokua airports.

“PNG must not live in the past when it comes to airport development and modernization. We can no longer talk and think of airports as runways, terminals and parking lots,” he said.

“We need to think beyond the airport to develop areas near the airport to make it more attractive and an economic engine for the growth and development of our country.

“We need to step up our efforts with the rest of the world like Singapore and Dubai who are now building airport cities, especially at their major airports.”

Mr Maru said it was important that the Morobe Provincial Government and the East New Britain Provincial Government work closely with the NAC to develop airport towns in Nadzab and Tokua.

He encouraged the provincial government of Morobe to present its Nadzab city development plan to the NAC so that it can discuss and merge it with its Nadzab airport development plan.

From there, they will develop a plan for an airport city in Nadzab.

The provincial government of East New Britain has also been advised to partner with the NAC and the national government to develop a master plan for an airport city from Tokua to Kokopo,” Mr Maru said.

“We don’t need to do development for the airport itself, but we need to consider tourist attractions like the golf course, hotels, ferry arrangements, shopping malls and all free services all the time. along from Tokua to Kokopo.

“This is in line with the national government’s plan to make the province of East New Britain the number one tourist destination in our country.

“We must have a development plan from Tokua to Kokopo, including the dual carriageway between Tokua and Kokopo.”

Minister Maru said Nadzab Airport City and Tokua Airport City would be developed as special economic zones.

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