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Old 06-04-2005, 12:46 PM
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PX Flights to Wapenamanda

CAA has advised that WBM airport will be closed to Dash-8 aircraft for approximately two weeks for runway maintenance. This closure will commence after PX991 departs WBM tomorrow Thursday 07 April.

PX flights to WBM for the period from Sunday 10 April to 24 April are therefore cancelled.

Passengers already ticketed to travel during the above closure period may travel via Mount Hagen if they wish without reissue of tickets. Alternatively, such passengers may be re-booked for later dates, or refunded without ticket penalties.

PX will not be responsible for any additional costs incurred by passengers as a result of the closure of WBM airport, such as road transport between Mount Hagen and WBM or vice versa, or accommodation costs.
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Old 12-04-2005, 12:53 AM
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Question What maintenance is this for again?


There was maintenance in December 2004 for two weeks resulting in flight cancellation for Wapenamanda. What was done at that time? Has CAA come up with a new six monthly maintenance schedule?
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Old 07-09-2005, 11:57 AM
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What's the status with this work now?


Can anyone associated to Air Niugini and Civil Aviation Authority please explain why the so-called maintenance thing is taking ages to complete?


We the people of Enga province need this crucial transport link restored quickly.


After almost 10 years of neglect, the Air Niugini flight into Wapenamanda resumed only last year. Now for it to go again into extended maintenance period (whether genuine or a cover-up excuse) is just not acceptable.


The photo below shows the official re-opening of Wapenamanda airport that took place on the 18th July 2004. That joy has short lived and we're back to waiting mode again. This time, it's not the landowners or anything like it but sheer bureaucratic red tape and incompetence in implementing works in a speedy manner.





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Old 11-09-2005, 12:42 PM
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Minister threatens to sack officials

By MATHEW YAKAI

TRANSPORT Minister Don Polye said yesterday he was “sick” of the Civil Aviation Authority’s failure to maintain the country’s airports and threatened to sack “incompetent” officials.
“I am sick and tired of incompetency. If CAA has officers all throughout the country then I don’t know why they don’t perform.
“I don’t care ... but they’ve got to perform or I will bring in consultants,” he said in response to the cancellation of certain flights to and from Mendi because of the deteriorating runway.
“They don’t do their job and when we try to sack them, they cry.”
He said he would meet the management today to tell them to perform or else.
Mr Polye said the CAA should have enough funds within their budget to repair the Wapenmanda and Mendi airports.
“If they cannot raise their revenue then they have a problem,” he said and reminded the CAA of his proposal to commercialise unused land around airports and to charge those using PNG airspace.
“If they always expect me to come down and address little things then I am sorry. I will look at bringing in consultants to perform and start sacking them,” he said.
On Wednesday, sources told The National that the CAA could not carry out routine inspections because it lacked funds.
“We are down with manpower, money and logistics to move around and carry out inspections,” said a source.
Mr Polye said it was sad and disappointing that Papua New Guineans appeared to lack commitment to their work and the country.
“Our people’s minds are not there . . . there is no commitment,” he said.
He appealed to the airport employees, including managers and engineers, to concentrate on their responsibilities instead of telling the government what to do.

http://www.thenational.com.pg/0909/nation3.htm
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Old 13-09-2005, 05:22 PM
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Talking PX Flights to WBM

All elected Engan MPs and other concerned Engans have voiced similar sentiments regarding the Wapenamanda airport closure. I understand its not Air Niugini's fault for the closure. The reason for the closure was to carry out repair work on the runway. CAA is totally responsible for all civil aviation infrastructure repair & maintenance around the country. All fingers should be pointing towards CAA for the extended delay and not at our national flag carrier. PX has included WBM flights in their latest issue of the flight schedule, however PX cant actually send their aircrafts up there cause the bloody runway is still under repair. Pls. CAA speed up the repair work so that flights in to WBM can resume as soon as possible.

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Old 14-09-2005, 01:00 PM
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Sighted the following article on yesterday's National issue. Does it really have to go that far and prompt comments like that from the responsible minister to get the required works done?

I am pissed to say the least

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Mendi, Wapenamanda airports undergo repairs

By MATHEW YAKAI

REPAIR and upgrading work on the Mendi airport runway in Southern Highlands and Wapenmenda airport in Enga is to begin tomorrow.

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Don Polye, who expressed disappointment and frustration over the delay by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said work should begin no later than Friday. He said the airports were important to the two resource-rich provinces.

He said that in the case of Mendi, a contractor who had previously done some repairs, would be engaged.However, a CAA source said two local contractors had been told to submit their quotations and get their equipment ready.
He said whichever contractor was appointed would depend on the CAA’s budget.

Air Niugini recently stopped serving the two towns citing the poor conditions of the airports. Mr Polye said all major airports in the country would also undergo repairs and upgrading to a minimum standard to cater for international tourists.

He said the Treasury and Finance Department will allocate K23 million for the work. “The two resource-rich provinces will be given priority but we are also planning to upgrade and repair all major airports,” he said.

Last week, the CAA expressed concern that they lacked logistic support, including manpower and finance, to monitor and inspect all the major airports to carry out repair works where necessary. Subsequently, Mr Polye promised he would get the funds to repair the two airports and also threatened to sack “incompetent” CAA officials.
He said CAA should also look at ways to raise revenue, and he suggested that they should look at ways to use idle land as well as charge those using PNG airspace.

http://www.thenational.com.pg/0913/nation15.htm
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Old 21-09-2005, 12:09 PM
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PX to resume Wapenamanda
service on Oct 3

By MATHEW YAKAI

AIR Niugini has been instructed to resume its Dash-8 flights into Wapenamanda in Enga province early next month.
The airline’s senior sales supervisor in Wapenamanda Mary Tagua has confirmed receiving the instruction from the Civil Aviation Authority, and Air Niugini is now preparing to accommodate the three-day weekly service.
“Dash-8 will resume flights on Oct 3,” Ms Tagua said. The airline had suspended its flights early this year due to the bad state of the airport runway.

Last week Manuai Kametan, the CAA officer-in-charge of airports in PNG told The National that the Wapenamanda airport still needed some sunshine to strengthen the patch-up areas.
Meanwhile, in Mendi, the bad weather is hindering repair work on the runway.
Rex Lahari, the branch manager for South-West Air, the agent for Air Niugini, said the contractor and CAA engineers are on the ground ready to begin repair work. However, they are waiting for the rain to stop.


http://www.thenational.com.pg/0921/nation7.htm

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It is plain common sense. The government is obliged to provide basic transport services like this to the people of PNG without any pleas from the public. It is utter non-sense on the part of CAA to allow such a task to drag on for 6 months and then being pressured by the Govt Minister to cook up firing signals before they got off their bums to attend to their "normal responsbilities and tasks".


I just hope the airport runway doesn’t fall apart in 6 months again.
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Old 23-09-2005, 03:32 PM
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That's a good news! Please leave the airport open like that.
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