The aviation authority last week inspected Suavanao airstrip, Isabel as part of expanding the airstrip.
Alwyn Navo aviation’s chief air traffic training officer who was part of a Solomon Island visitors bureau (SIVB) delegation to Isabel inspected the airstrip.
Mr Navo told the Solomon Star in Papatura Retreat last Wednesday, the inspection of the airstrip was based on a request from the Papatura Retreat management.
“The management asks for an extension of airstrip by 30-40 meters long to enable DASH-8 aircraft to land.”
With the demand by traveling public and the tourists into Papatura and other resorts in Isabel the demand for a reliable airline service and bigger aircraft has been requested.
Mr Navo said the numbers of tourists visiting the province has increased over the years therefore the request has been considered.
“The Papatura Retreat management has requested us to extend the airstrip to allow DASH 8 land here.”
The officer said the expansion of the airstrip would improve tourism in the province.
Meanwhile a staff of Papatura thanked the aviation authority for positively responding to their request to inspect the airstrip.
Currently only the Twin Otters and Islander are servicing the airstrip at Suavanao.
By DENVER NEWTER