Aerial view of the plan of Olal airport

Aerial view plan of Olal Airport.

The Public Works Department (PWD) under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) has confirmed that work on the Olal airport in North Ambrym will commence in the first week of September 2019.

At the same time, PWD also confirmed that an initial funding of Vt39 million will see the clearing, levelling of land and other earthworks going ahead.

These were confirmed to the Daily Post by officials in the PWD management in the Ministry of the Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU).

The Olal airport project is going ahead after land consent was obtained and funds for the project secured with the initial Vt39 million to start the work.

On completion, the airport would cost around Vt152 million that would meet the Civil Aviation Authorities Standard requirements.

The Olal airport is of ‘C’ category, according to the PWD officials.

It will be a grass airstrip similar to other airfields throughout the country complete with runaway, parking, terminal that would meet the Civil Aviation Standard requirements.

The PWD officials estimated it will take at least five months to complete work on Olal airport.

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