Saturday, July 13, 2024

Trans-Tasman airfield handover in Solomons

Deputy Minister, Winston Peters says New Zealand and Australia have highlighted their strong commitment to Solomon Islands aviation and economic development through the handover of the upgraded Seghe Airfield today.

“The upgrade of the Seghe Airfield runway in Western Province will enable flights to operate under all weather conditions, making operations safer and more reliable, and enhancing connectivity for Solomon Islands’ provinces,” Minister Peters said during a visit to Solomons. 

“We are delighted to have worked with Australia on this project and to hand the airfield back to the people of Solomon Islands so that it can contribute to the country’s economic resilience.

“As well as boosting local jobs, the upgrade will support the growth of the tourism industry, expand economic opportunities, and improve access to essential services and more equitable development across the provinces,” he said.

The project, worth almost $55 million, is co-funded by the Governments of New Zealand, Australia and Solomon Islands, and implemented by Downer and AECOM. 

“Australia is listening and responding to the priorities of the Solomon Islands Government, including by contributing to economic growth, job creation and infrastructure development in the provinces,” said Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong.

“We are proud to have worked with the New Zealand and Solomon Islands Governments to upgrade Seghe airfield as part of a broader programme of airfield upgrades.

“The upgrades will bring economic benefits to the area by allowing more tourists to visit Western Province,” says Ms Wong.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Jeremiah Manele, officially opened the Seghe Airfield today, expressing his gratitude to all partners for their hard work and dedication to the project.

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