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    Tokua Airport (New Rabaul Airport) East New Britain Province PNG
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USAAF January 5, 1943

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Location
Lat 4° 20' 26S Long 152° 22' 47E  Tokua Airport is located at Tokua on the eastern end of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the west is Kokopo and further to the northwest is Rabaul. Also known as "New Rabaul Airport".

World War II Pacific Theatre History
During late January 1942 after the Japanese capture of Rabaul they occupied the entire area including Tokua until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945 at the end of the Pacific War. During the Pacific War, there was no airfield at this location.

Construction
Tokua Airport was built in 1983 assistance and funding from Japan as an alternative airport to serve the Rabaul area. This location was chosen primarily because it was deemed to be far enough away from the volcanoes in case an eruption would render Lakunai Airfield unusable.

Today
After a severe 1994 volcano eruption that destroyed Rabaul, Tokua Airport became the only one servicing the area. The single runway measures 1,718m x 30m at an elevation of 34'. Airport Codes: ICAO: AYTK and IATA: RAB. Tokua Airport is occasionally closed if volcanic ash blows towards Tokua.

References
National Airport Corporation (NAC) - Tokua Airport (Kokopo)

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Last Updated
June 2, 2020

 

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