Lat 9° 4' 34S Long 149° 19' 11E Located along Tufi Harbor at Tufi.
This is not a wartime airfield. Built in the 1960s by the Australian Army.
Georgina Kramer-Geroro adds:
"I know that the airstrip was built in the early to mid sixties. I'm not sure on the exact year or years because I was a young child at the time. We watched in awe as the army went about with building the airstrip, the Hercules plane bringing in men and equipment and they blasted the rocks with dynamite. It was quiet busy during that time since Tufi saw little activity on that scale ever, apart from WWII. Nowadays Tufi airstrip is busy throughout the year with flights to and from Tufi six days a week."
"When I was there as a Patrol Officer 1970-72 it was a 2000' grass strip and in September 1971 myself and ADO Fif Favetta marked out an extension. It hadn't been extended Easter 1973 when I returned (after cyclone "Hannah") and I recall it was intended to be earth surface. It now appears on Google Earth extended to about 3,000' and apparently grass."
Airport code: IATA: TFI. Tufi Airport provides air service to to the Tufi area and Tufi Resort.. Served by Airlines PNG commercial flights every other day plus charter flights.
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September 24, 2018