Kikori Airfield is located at Kikori in Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea.
Built postwar. Originally grass surfaced. Later, the runway was surfaced with surplus U. S. Army marston matting (PSP).
Colin Richardson adds:
"Until about 1965, Kikori was served by a war-surplus PBY Catalinas until it became unserviceable. It was this I think that forced the rehab of the old airport. (I lived about 400m south of the airport). The marston matting there today is a recent addition. In my boyhood the airstrip was bare clay and mud, overgrown in places, with no matting at all. Then it was repaired, surfaced with tarmac, and opened to traffic (about 1967). Tarmac was considered necessary because Kikori has one of the highest rainfalls in the country - average (at the airstrip) some 360 inches per year (my actual measurements 1964-69 as a student). Clearly it didn't last. I visited Kikori in 2000, and found the marston matting as illustrated - it had been added sometime since 1969."
Still in use today by local airlines or charter flights. Airport Code: KRI.
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September 24, 2018