MAJOR upgrades at the Hoskins Kimbe airport in West New Britain has improved airport service standards and revitalised the local economy, the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) said.

The redevelopments took place in December 2015.

Upgrades included airstrip extensions, strengthened pavements, construction of a perimeter fence, installation of an eco-friendly sewerage system and solar powered street lights.

In addition, the group developed a market place inside the airport boundary which is reserved for locals to sell their arts, crafts and produce.

The National Airport Corporation and the Asian Development Bank coordinated the Hoskins Airport upgrade and employed the services of the local community in the project.

West New Britain province, as a travel destination in PNG, is well-known for its world class scuba diving and game fishing, PNG TPA said.

Air Niugini and PNG Air operate daily flights to Hoskins Kimbe from major airports, such as Port Moresby, Lae and Kokopo.