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Major development at Port Moresby airport

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5 June 1974 Press Statement No.


The Prime Minister, Mr E.G. Whitlam, Q.C., M.P., announced today "that a $7.6 million contract had been awarded for major development works at the Port Moresby airport.

Mr Whitlam said the work included construction of a new runway, taxiways, parking apron and associated works. The project was being wholly financed by the Australian Government as an aid project for the Papua New Guinea Government, and was the

culmination of close co-operation between the two governments on all aspects of the airport development.

The contract had been awarded to Hornibrook/Curtain, a joint venture formed by two companies based in Papua New Guinea, It was expected that work would start this financial year, and that the project would be completed by August, 1976.

Mr Whitlam said the new runway would be 2,750m (9,000 ft) long, capable of handling fully laden Boeing 727-200 and 707 aircraft, and also the larger Boeing 747 aircraft for viable and infrequent operations. The present runway, which was designed for Constellation

type aircraft, was now becoming uneconomic to maintain as a heavy duty pavement.

The Prime Minister said the project had been designed by the Australian Government Department of Housing and Construction's Port Moresby office, which would also supervise construction.