Papua New Guinea will soon have international flights between Mt Hagen and Jayapura in Indonesian starting next year. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced this when opening Mt Hagen International Airport. The Prime Minister officially opened the new state of the art Mount Hagen (Kagamuga) International Airport terminal building ath was built at a cost of K70 million, as part of the Government’s High Impact Infrastructure projects. The development is one of several airport upgrades taking place throughout the country.
“I am proud to be here today with you to officially open the new international airport terminal building which will serve not only the people of Mt Hagen but the Highlands region as a whole,” PM O’Neill said.“I would like to thank the landowners for their support, the contractor and workmen for building the terminal, the National Airports Corporation, the architects who designed the terminal building and the Asian Development Bank for financing the project.
“Your Government is working hard to expand airport facilities and infrastructure throughout the country in places that include Kokopo in East New Britain, Lae in the Morobe Province and this one now in Mt Hagen.
“This airport redevelopment is important not only for Mt Hagen city, but it is serving people right across the Highlands.
“This airport really is the pride of the Highlands.
“This airport terminal will continue to serve us all in the Highlands.
“I also announce today that the next stage is to extend and expand the runway of the Kagamuga international airport.
“I would also like to announce that the first direct international flight out of the new Mt Hagen International airport to Jayapura in Indonesia and that will start next year in 2016.
“We will also bring and have international flights from Australia to Mt Hagen so people do not have to go to Port Moresby to get to Australia, instead they can take a direct flight to Australia from Mt Hagen.
The direct international flight from Mt Hagen to Jayapura has become possible as the Government has reached an Air Services Agreement with Indonesia, and has already well-established Air Service Agreement with Australia to facilitate flights to Australia.