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Reef Islands gear up for Lomlom airfield opening

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Isolated villagers on the Reef islands in Temotu Province are looking forward to the opening of their new airfield next month.

Lomlom Airfield is expected to be officially opened at the end of September.

The province’s minister for infrastructure Peter Solex told the Sunday Star villagers in the area could not wait to see the opening of their airfield.

Solex said according to reports from engineers on the ground, work on the airfield has been completed except for final couch parchment.

“My people in Reef islands look forward to meet the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo with his delegation next month,” he said.

He said there will be a lot of activities planned for the opening ceremony such as cultural dances and presentation of gifts.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Communication and Aviation Francis Lomo said Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has accepted the invitation to open the airfield.

“In fact the prime minister has indicated as well he will open all the new airfields being built around the country,” Lomo said.

Another airfield that is currently under construction is Manaoba in Malaita Province.

Recently, Munda Airport upgrading project, funded by the New Zealand Government, was completed and opened for service.

By Elliot Dawea