July 3, 2019

PNG Hoskins Airport to reopen this after Volcanic activity forced its closure

The Managing Director of the National Airports Corporation, Richard Yopo, says the Hoskins Airport in West New Britain Province will soon be approved to reopen.

The NAC anticipates Hoskins Airport will reopen on Friday.

The port was closed last week following the eruption of the Mount Ulavun volcano.


Mr Yopo told NBC News, Hoskins Airport will resume services once the runway is cleared off sulphuric dust from the volcano.

Mr Yopo says a team of workmen together with the help of local business houses in Bialla are washing down the runway.

Hoskins Airport does not have runway cleaning vehicles or road-washing machines.

Mr Yopo says the sulphuric dust is bad for aircraft engines and once the NAC is satisfied of the runway being free of the acidic dust, the airport can reopen.

He says any recurrence of the sulphuric dust depends on the direction of the wind blowing.

Thousands of people remain displaced following last Wednesday's eruption of Mt Ulavun.

Yesterday, four business houses in Bialla Town donated truck loads of food stuff worth up to K20,000.00 to the people.

NBC News / ONEPNG
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