Opening of Wapenamanda Airport at KK 46.6 million
BY MAL TAIME
New look Wapenamanda Airport in Enga Province, upgraded at a cost of KK 46.60 million, opened yesterday.
The contract was awarded to Lorma Constructions and Socor Constructions.
Civil Aviation Minister Sekie Agisa and Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas jointly cut the ribbon on the airport tarmac in the presence of Finance Minister Sir John Pundari, Wapanemanda MP Rimbink Pato, from Minister of Fisheries Dr Lino Tom and other delegations and representatives of the National Airports Corporation and Enga Province administrator Dr Samson Amean.
The main objective of Wapenamanda Airport is to ensure safety and security compliance and operational certification according to a standard and recommended practice of the international civil aviation organization and the rules of aviation. civil.
The pavement reinforcement of the airport modernization project was to accommodate ATR72-600 Dash 8 or similar aircraft for regular transport operations.
Its new apron will accommodate two ATR planes on the ground at the same time and all the other associated work.
This will improve the level of service for passengers, cargo, aircraft safety and aircraft will improve operational efficiency and turnaround times.
The scope of the project included the reinforcement of the airport pavement (existing runway, apron and taxiway), construction of new shoulders of the existing runway, taxiway and apron, widening the apron by 8 m to accommodate ATR72-600 and Dash 8 aircraft or similar parking stands.
NAC Acting Director General and CEO Rex Kiponge said construction work was largely completed and it was a great relief for air travel for residents of Enga Province.
He said the airport was part of the civil aviation development investment program co-financed by the government and the Asian Development Bank.
Mr Kiponge said the completed works include strengthening of the runway, 1,600m long taxiway and apron, taxiway and apron, carriageway to accommodate regular transit operations by ATR72-600 and Dash 8 aircraft, temporary terminal, new airport staff and security guard residence and new tractor hangar .
The remaining works currently underway include the construction of the new passenger terminal, car park and associated terminals and is expected to be completed in April 2022.
Mr. Kiponge thanked key stakeholders including AfDB, government, Enga provincial government, local communities and entrepreneurs for their collective efforts.
He said that despite the major challenges posed by COVID-19 on the advancement of airport infrastructure development projects underway in the country.