Wednesday, 18 December 2013 8:21 AM

Airport Closes Indefinitely

Malaita Province's Gwaunaru’u airport is currently being closed indefinitely after landowners claim that their Memorandum of Understanding with the Government was breached.


This memorandum of understanding was signed with local landowners after a similar case happened last year, however for now, it still remains unclear which part of the MOU was breached by the government. 

The closure of the airport has now hampered travel plans for passengers wanting to travel to Auki on business or holiday for this festive season.

One officer within the flight operation of the ministry of communication and aviation has confirmed receiving a notice to stop any flights to Gwaunaru’u airport until further notice.

The premier of Malaita, Edwin Suibaea, says he has heard the news but he’s yet to get the full details of it.

Solomon Airline provides daily service to Gwaunaru’u airport since it reopened last year but with the closure of the airport, passengers will now have to travel by boat to and from the province.

Gwaunaru’u airport was closed for sometime last year but was reopened after government and landowners reached an agreement.

 

Source: http://www.rnzi.com/