4 Apr 2007

Airport at Gizo expected to be open today

10:04 am on 4 April 2007

The airport in the Solomon Islands' town Gizo is expected to reopen today, after work yesterday to clear it of debris dumped by this week's tsunami.

A member of the Gizo disaster committee, Danny Kennedy, says the runway wasn't damaged, but logs, mud and other debris had to be removed before planes could land.

Mr Kennedy says the runway has been given the all clear and it is hoped it can be used today.

"I we do hear rumours that there might be an Orion or an Andover or maybe even some sort of cargo plane coming in with water or shelters and extra medical supplies. And then Solomon Airlines - the commercial carrier - I believe they will resume services and start bringing up people and food and supplies."

Some supplies have already been arriving in the area by boat.