Papua New Guinea’s economy has been growing consecutively for ten years providing the entire country with new housing projects, roads development and better access to critical infrastructure such as power. As of today this positive trend seems likely to continue with the development of a new and much bigger international Airport at Nadzab near Lae.
The new Nadzab international airport will dramatically increase PNG’s international exposure and will effectively become the new ‘Airport City’ of Papua New Guinea.
The announcement of the new airport came directly from the Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments Ben Micah whose goal is to make Nadzab an international airport by the end of 2016. The first flight connections will directly link Nadzab to Australia and Japan by the second quarter of 2016 making Nazdab an important departure point for Papua New Guineans travelling abroad. The Minister also announced that the project also aims to capture even more international traffic and as such is negotiating with the Chinese Government to have direct flights from Nadzab and Port Moresby airports to Beijing, China.
In addition, Mr. Micah announced the construction of a highway to link Lae with Nadzab. Considering Nadzab is only 42 Km from Lae, the project will provide a four lane highway to be completed by China Railway International by the end of 2017. This will definitely ease the connection between the two cities who will mutually benefit from the highway and will also allow the transportation of materials from Lae to the airport. Mr. Micah added that with the construction of the railway from Lae to Ramu Valley for the transportation of containers and additional shipments, the plan is to transform Lae into a port city and industrial hub for moving materials to nearby Nadzab.
It seems that major changes will continue to occur over the next few years changing the perception of Papua New Guinea and giving to the country an international presence thanks to this fantastic new initiative. Not only will this project allow for increased access to Asia for Papua New Guineans (and vice versa for Asians travelling to PNG), it will also spur new housing projects, jobs and infrastructure all of which is needed to continue Papua New Guinea’s economic and social growth.
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