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Airstrip/Airport Program

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The Airport Program (conversion of current airstrip) in the Ihu Special Economic Zone (ISEZ) is an important part of the critical infrastructure development plan. Currently, there are no large airport facilities in the Gulf province to support large-scale industrial construction projects and major resource development projects, including the Papua LNG Project, Purari Green Energy Project, and ISEZ. Therefore, there is a greater need to develop airport facilities to support these projects and make them sustainable for the growth of ISEZ's industrial downstream activities in the future.


The Ihu airstrip's redevelopment program is to develop Ihu International Airport, a strategic import/export facility that will enable ease of movement of passenger cargo for various contractors or development partners and operators. The airport will also provide links to the southwestern part of Papua New Guinea, including three coastal provinces and seven highlands' provinces. This will enable third-party access to facilitate other mega-scale projects such as Papua LNG, Pasca Gas Project, Mayur Resources Iron sands, and Purari Green-energy project.


Recently, the Kikori District Development Authority in partnership with the Rural Airstrips Authority (RAA) had rehabilitated the Ihu-Baimuru-Kaumea airstrips and is under the care of the RAA. 


The ISEZ project development office is responsible for the physical planning, site selection, feasibility studies, and land mobilization for the airport program. The development office will work in partnership with the Kikori District, Gulf Provincial Government, and all relevant Government Departments such as CASA PNG and NAC and other development partners to ensure the success of the airport program.

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