Areas of Expertise: Airport Master Planning, Air Transport Planning
Country: Asia and the Pacific: Vanuatu
LEAPP were appointed by a Private Sector Investor to perform the technical and financial feasibility study for a new international airport development for Vanuatu. At the same time, the concession agreement between the Government of Vanuatu and investor also included responsibility to upgrade and operate the existing Bauerfield International Airport to be used pending construction of a new airport. LEAPP reviewed the short-term improvements required at the Bauerfield International Airport to repair and upgrade the airside pavements and develop improvements in the passenger terminals. In regards to airside upgrading, LEAPP reviewed the pavement conditions at the airport and provide advise on the pavement rehabilitation measures required to enable these pavements to continue to serve the existing types of aircraft for as long as may be necessary for the airport to remain in service. As part of the rehabilitation work planned, LEAPP prepared engineering designs for the for the initial 600m of the runway, and for the aircraft parking apron which includes the temporary markings for displaced threshold. At the latter stage of the project, LEAPP prepared tender documents and specifications to enable the pavement construction works to proceed.
For the proposed new airport development, LEAPP developed a project brief for the planning, design and construction of a new international airport for Efafe Island to replace the Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila. LEAPP provided rationale for developing a new international airport, as well as the potential air traffic service function for the new airport. In addition, LEAPP also assessed the financial feasibility and potential return on investment for the project.
As part of the master plan for a new airport including the siting for new control tower and specification of equipment. Additionally, LEAPP provided cost information for development of the new airport and the schedule of construction.