MOUNT Hagen Kagamuga international airport recently opened its domestic terminal and plans to open its international terminal this year.

This is PNG’s second largest airport and was opened in November 2015.

The domestic terminal is now operational and the group said plans are underway for the opening of the international terminal and its first flight to Jayapura, Indonesia in 2016.

The new terminal is part of the National Airport Corporation’s (NAC) state wide redevelopment program aimed at enhancing the airport’s standards to an international level especially in terms of safety, accessibility, customer service and retail airport experience.

The airport building design is inspired by the traditional Western Highlands axe, a traditional tool used throughout the Highlands region.

The building exteriors follow the contours of the axe and the outer walls resemble traditional patterns, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) said.

In an effort to decrease environmental impact the airport uses energy saving and Eco friendly systems like LED lights, and sky lights to maximise the use of natural light.

In addition the airport has its own sewerage treatment plant that turns waste to fertilizer.

Mount Hagen airport runway has undergone major construction with the lengthening, strengthening and widening of existing runways to accommodate larger aircrafts.

Through the NAC the PNG government also plans to expand airport facilities and infrastructure throughout the country especially in Kokopo, Lae and Alotau.

National carrier Air Niugini and PNG Air provide non-stop service flights to Mount Hagen daily.