Monday, March 19, 2007

Repair work on Timika airport to start in April

PT Freeport Indonesia subsidiary, Airfast Aviation Facilities Company, which manages the Moses Kilangin International Airport in Timika, Papua province, will commence a 4-5 month repair work program on its runway in April. However arrivals and departures of Hercules transports and Boeing 737-200 jetliners will not be affected.

According to the Timika air base commander Lt. Col Bambang, the work includes a seven-centimetre overlay on a 200-metre cracked section of the 2,395-metre runway. "Overlaying runways periodically is compulsory for the sake of flight safety, especially for Moses Kilangin which is an international airport. Cracks on the runway could cause punctures," he told Antara newsagency.

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