By WALLACE KIALA
AFTER being closed for almost 15 years, the Magarida airstrip in Amazon Bay, Abau, Central province, will be in use again by the end of the year.
The re-opening of the airstrip was the Central provincial government’s initiative to ensure remote communities are linked to vital services.
On Thursday, K100,000 was presented to the Abau district to start upgrading work on the airstrip.
Abau MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Puka Temu, received the funding from Central province Governor Alphonse Moroi.
Sir Puka said the re-opening of the airstrip would benefit about 40,000 people, providing them with safer access and cutting down of traveling time.
“Magarida is accessible only by boat, which takes more than an hour from Kupiano.
“It is difficult and risky during bad weather.
“The air service can also be extended to nearby Milne Bay province.
“The plan is in place for a 12-seater third level airline operated by a missionary to provide the services,” Sir Puka said.