He said this in front of a huge crowd at Kagamuga yesterday when opening the new 1200 square metre facility.
“The first flight will be from Mt Hagen to Jayapura in Indonesia and back,” O’Neill said.
“We are also starting discussions on having flights from Australia land here so that our people will not have to go to Port Moresby to catch flights overseas.
“This is something that will serve the people of our country.”
O’Neill said Kagamuga would continue to serve the people of the Highlands.
“The next stage of this airport development is that we will extend the runway at Kagamuga,” he said.
“I appeal to landowners to work with us on this extension so that big planes can land here.”
O’Neill said Kagamuga marked the beginning of airport extension, including Kokopo, Lae, and Port Moresby, as well as others in the country.
“I thank the landowners for allowing this project to go ahead,” he said.
“Two years ago, we came here and launched this project, and I’m happy to be back here again to open it for all of you.”
Work on the project, which was 82 per cent funded by the Asian Development and 18 per cent by the Government for the National Airports Corporation, began on July 2, 2013, and was completed on the target date of Oct 1 this year.
Apart from the terminal building, there has been car park extension, water supply and sewage system, and a tractor shed.
Work has included pavement repairs, strengthening of existing aircraft pavements, runway extension, construction of full strength shoulders to existing runway, widening of existing taxiway, widening of apron, construction of apron shoulders, new GA apron, temporary taxiway, construction of runway end safety areas, widening runway strip to 150m and apron flood lights.
Associated works included supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of two standby generators.
COVEC has also completed the K68 million new-look Hoskins Airport in West New Britain and has been awarded a further contract for Goroka Airport in Eastern Highlands.
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Capt Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian television there was "no way" the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Turkey said it did.
Russia said Capt Murakhtin was rescued in a 12-hour operation involving special forces.
Turkey insists the pilots were warned 10 times before the plane was shot down.
It is not clear what happened to the body of his co-pilot, who was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning plane.
Capt Murakhtin was speaking from the Hmeymim airbase, where Russia's aircraft have been based in its Syrian campaign, and where he was taken after being rescued.
He said he knew the region he had been flying in "very well" and that the jet had not been in Turkish airspace "even for a second".
He added he wanted to go back to duty and stay at the airbase, saying "someone has to pay" for the death of the other pilot, Lt Col Oleg Peshkov.
Tensions have escalated between the two countries over the incident, and Russia has broken off military contacts with Turkey. The US, the EU and the UN have all appealed for calm.
President Putin has described the downing of the plane as a "stab in the back", and warned of serious consequences.
His Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the incident was a "planned provocation" but Russia did not want to wage war over the shooting, Reuters reports.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the action, saying "everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders". He has said he does not want to escalate tensions further.
Turkey is a member of Nato. The alliance has backed Turkey's version of events, although it, too, is calling for "diplomacy and de-escalation" to resolve the situation.
Russian defence officials say the plane never entered Turkish territory, and that Turkish pilots made no attempt to communicate with the Russians before they fired.
An American military spokesman in Baghdad, Col Steve Warren, told reporters that recorded communication between Turkish and Russian pilots showed that the Turks warned the Russian plane 10 times before shooting it down.
Turkish media have shared an audio recording of what purports to be one of the warnings, with a Turkish radar station telling the jet it is approaching Turkish airspace and that it should change course.
The recording has not been confirmed as genuine by Turkish authorities.
Russia has announced fighter jets will now escort its bombers during air strikes over Syria, and Moscow is sending out its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400.
Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria's conflict, with Russia supporting President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey is a staunch critic.
Radio New Zealand
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The emails were found on a computer by the owner of an internet shop in Lautoka after a customer left their email open.
One of the e-mails obtained by FBC News – dated 28 August, 2015 reveal an assassination plot of all government MP’s.
The actual dates of when the attacks are to take place are coded as well as the names of people and places involved.
The email says someone – code named -149125198 – would arrange for disciplined officers, while the recipient of the email – would arrange for the man power to carry out the attack.
It says the attack should take place during a Parliamentary sitting and the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should be present at the time.
It gives clear orders to “Shoot all members" and also to shoot an opposition member code named 2913114.
The email adds, that "all should be dead.”
Another email – titled ’ Change of Plan’ reveals that an earlier plan – devised to take place in September did not eventuate.
It also claims that some police and military are on the side of the plotters.
Meanwhile the police commissioner has stopped making comments on this issue while police from suva and military investigate this matter.
Rajneel Singh – the owner of the internet shop is still recovering in hospital after police turned on him when he reported the emails.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS / ONE PNG