World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Locals Blockade Papua Airstrip, Cite Lack of Compensation

Local Residents Blockade Papua Airstrip, Cite Lack of Compensation

August 8, 2012

A Susi Air aircraft landed at Mozes Kilangin airport, Timika, Papua. Recent protests have largely limited travel to the region, such as the current blockade of an airstrip in Asmat.

Residents of the Asmat district in Papua have organized a blockade of the local airstrip there, calling for compensation owed for land used in an expansion of the facility, an air transportation official said on Wednesday.

“It has now been two weeks since Trigana Air planes have been able to fly to Ewer due to the blocking of the airstrip by local people,” John Rettob, who heads the Air Transportation section of the Mimika district Transportation, Communication and Informatics office, said.

He was quoted by state-run news agency Antara as saying that the blockade is taking place because citizens in the district are demanding reimbursement for land used by the local district authority that was used to extend the length of an airstrip. The goal of the extension was to allow bigger planes to land there.

The airstrip is currently serving flights from Timika and Merauke.

Rettob commented that other flights to outlying airstrips using small planes, such as the ones going to Ewer, were mostly unaffected. He said that problems usually arose from bad weather conditions.

“There have been some flights delayed because of bad weather. In one week there are usually three to four flights that cannot proceed as scheduled,” Rettob said, according to Antara.

Recent assaults on small airplanes flying to the region have also hindered travel to this remote section of the country. An attack on a Trigana Air Twin Otter airplane on April 8, 2012 in Jayapura left one passenger dead and four others injured, including the pilot and co-pilot.

There are 17 outer routes served by Timika, and three airlines serve these routes, as well — Tribana, Susi Air and Jhon Lin Air.

Papua contains a very limited land road network, and thus relies heavily on air transportation to access the hinterland.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Covid-19: Vaccines Donated Next Year, ‘Too Late For Those Who Are Dying Today’

Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022... More>>

UN News: Landmark G7 Agreement Pledges 870 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Half By End-2021

A senior UN official welcomed on Sunday, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations’ commitment to immediately share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic... More>>

OECD: G20 GDP Returns To Pre-pandemic Level In The First Quarter Of 2021, But With Large Differences Across Countries

Gross domestic product (GDP) of the G20 area returned to pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of 2021, growing by 0.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020. However, this figure conceals large differences across countries... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

COP26: Progress Made As May-June UN Climate Change Session Closes

The May-June Climate Change Session, the first to have been held virtually to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held at the end of the year in Glasgow, Scotland, closed today... More>>

UNFCCC: Halving Emissions By 2030 Is New Normal - Race To Zero Anniversary
Over 4,500 non-state actors from across the global economy have committed to halving emissions by 2030, joining the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign... More>>

UN: Tackling Biodiversity & Climate Crises Together And Their Combined Social Impacts

Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world... More>>