Nadzab Airport Renamed as Nadzab Tomodachi International Airport

The Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Walter Schnaubelt, announced on Wednesday during a site visit by Professor Tanaka Akihiko, the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, that the Nadzab Airport redevelopment project, costing K750 million, is scheduled to be completed by August 2023.

In a significant moment, Professor Tanaka Akihiko unveiled a plaque with the new name of the airport, Nadzab Tomodachi International Airport, with “Tomodachi” meaning “friend” in Japanese.

The renaming of the airport symbolizes the strong friendship and cooperation between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Japan. The project has been jointly funded by the Japanese overseas development concessional loan and the PNG government through budgetary allocation, highlighting the collaborative efforts of both governments.

The renaming ceremony was attended by Minister Schnaubelt, the acting managing director for National Airports Corporation Joseph Tupiri, Department of Transport secretary Roy Mumu, and contractors from Dai Nippon Nippo Joint Venture.

Professor Akihiko expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister James Marape for approving the name change, stating that basic infrastructure is essential for quality growth in the face of geographical challenges and the necessity of connecting PNG. The unveiling of the plaque was followed by the signing of names at the back of the plaque by guests, including the Japanese delegation, Minister Schnaubelt, and Deputy Prime Minister and Lae MP John Rosso.

The completion of the Nadzab Tomodachi International Airport redevelopment project marks a momentous occasion in the PNG-Japan friendship, showcasing the importance of international cooperation in fostering economic development and connectivity in the region. With the new name, the airport will continue to serve as a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the people of Japan and PNG for years to come.

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