Papua New Guinea Government invests in nine state-of-the-art fire trucks


22 December 2015

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government has invested PGK 27 million (about USD 9 million) in nine state-of-the-art fire trucks, in its latest move to the country’s airports to the same standard as other world-class airports. The trucks are fully funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the National Airports Corporation (NAC). “The fire trucks are specifically made for Papua New Guinea,” said National Airports Corporation Managing Director, Joseph Tupiri. Critics, however, have said that the PNG Government is spending too much money on airports and the loan will put a burden on the economy. NAC Managing Director, Joseph Tupiri, said that the impact of having state-of-the-art airport facilities brings more opportunities for Papua New Guinea as the world changes. “In our sector we have these brand new fire trucks, our people properly trained, infrastructure properly trained, you create that peace of mind, we become part of the global community,” said Tupiri. The challenge for the National Airports Corporation is to effectively sustain the airports by creating independent internal revenue streams. -- Over the past three years, a number of airport infrastructure developments have been implemented. The Mount Hagen Airport was reopened in November 2015 after an ADB-supported upgrade, and Kimbe Hoskins Airport re-opened in mid-December.

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