Kagamuga gets new baggage x-ray machine

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Mt Hagen’s Kagamuga Airport will deliver more efficient customs services with the recent gifting of a new baggage x-ray machine by the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs.

Mount Hagen airport continues to boost PNG’s economic growth, opening up domestic and international routes into the Highlands region. The new x-ray machine will assist in streamlining the movement of passengers through the airport while, importantly, increasing the capability of the PNG Customs Services (PNGCS) to quickly detect, deter and disrupt unlawful and restricted goods while increasing revenue collection at the border.

The gifting of Mount Hagen’s baggage x-ray machine was made possible through the support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), who transported the x-ray machine from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen on a Royal Australian Air Force C130 aircraft.

The hand-over ceremony was attended by ADF personnel, Australian High Commission First Secretary Home Affairs, Melissa Kay, Senior Advisor Jo Prior and PNGCS Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations, Frank Babaga.

Feature Pic: Australian High Commission First Secretary Home Affairs, Melissa Kay (centre) handing over the equipment to PNGCS Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations, Frank Babaga (second from left).

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