A New Airport

A visit to Popondetta can only be done in one of two ways. Either walking across the Kokoda track over the Owen Stanley Ranges, which can take between one and two weeks or flying into Girua Airport.

Located fifteen minutes out of the town of Popondetta, it was originally one of many airstrips built during World War II

Construction began on a new terminal a few years ago. Completion is in sight with the final touches being put on the building right now. The structure has been designed in a similar way to other new terminals at airports within PNG.

The new terminal will offer a different feel to Popondetta. Currently, the old terminal is more like a shed and has no electricity and a torch is required for early morning check ins. Toilet facilities are very basic and the seating consists of old wooden benches. The new Girua Airport is an example of progress within a modern PNG.