19 May 2011

Major upgrade of Marshall Islands airport is underway

1:31 pm on 19 May 2011

A major upgrade of the runway at the Marshall Islands' main airport has begun.

It is believed the airport road realignment project at Amata Kabua International Airport in Majuro is the most expensive construction venture in the country's history.

The 16-million US dollar project is being funded by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, as part of ongoing improvements being made to the airport.

Our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson, says the project involves changing the road that parallels the runway.

"With the goal of relocating the road and creating extra space at the end of the runway, which is both a safety issue and also opens up the opportunity that at a later point the runway could be lengthened in this area."

Giff Johnson says the upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of next year.