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Bauerfield airport rehabilitation officially started

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Yesterday, November 1, the official ceremony took place to mark the commencement of the Bauerfield airport rehabilitation, funded by the World Bank.

The ceremony was attended by Government Ministers and Officials, a World Bank representative, tourism operators and hoteliers, transport and airline industry representatives.

The Prime Minister Charlot Salwai reiterated his call to all government departments and line agencies to work together and ensure the project is given top priority so that it could be completed on time and could serve the country.

“We made a promise to rebuild the runway in order to re-instil the confidence lost during the events of early 2016 that resulted in the cancellation of flights to Bauerfield. This cannot be allowed to happen again,” said PM Salwai.

“I know it took some time for the contractors to establish themselves and get the mobilization going, because we have our legislations that the contractors have to work within, as well as meet strict World Bank guidelines. But this must not stop us from progressing the works. We cannot afford further delays,” he said.

Minister for Infrastructure Jotham Napat also spoke, outlining plans by the government to upgrade all three international airport infrastructures, and for Bauerfield in particular to cater for wide-bodied aircrafts.

The total cost of the project is over Vt7 billion.