Gurney Airport

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Gurney Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Elevation AMSL 27 m / 89 ft
Coordinates 10°18′41″S 150°20′01″E / 10.31139°S 150.33361°E / -10.31139; 150.33361Coordinates: 10°18′41″S 150°20′01″E / 10.31139°S 150.33361°E / -10.31139; 150.33361
GUR is located in Papua New Guinea
Location of the airport in Papua New Guinea
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,690 5,545 Asphalt
Source: WAD,[1] GCM[2]

Gurney Airport (IATA: GURICAO: AYGN) is an airport serving Alotau[1] in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea.

The airport is a single runway general aviation facility, however in December, 2008, the PNG Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Don Polye announced that aviation company Skyworld had been granted permission to operate direct flights from Cairns, Australia to Gurney.[3]


Built by the US Army 96th Engineer General Service Regiment, Company E of 46th Engineer General Service Regiment and No. 6 Mobile Works Squadron RAAF during World War II. Consisting of two parallel runways with the first runway 6,000 feet (1,800 m) long by 150 feet (46 m) wide surfaced with bitumen and the second runway 5,340 feet (1,630 m) long x 100 feet (30 m) wide surfaced with marston matting. Taxiways and revetments extended off both sides of the runways. Known as Fall River Aerodrome and No. 1 Strip. The airfield was named Gurney Field on 14 September 1942 in honour of Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader C.R. Gurney, who was killed in an aircraft crash. [4] [5] [6]

The airfield was reopened in early 1966, as a part of the Australian colonial policy of having each of the provincial capitals served by daily flights. The last Sunbird PBY service to Samarai was in January of that year. A number of other WWII airfields were reopened in the area, such as Vivigani Airfield and Misima (April 1964). Several airlines then operated daily passenger and freight services into Gurney, using larger aircraft.

Allied Units based at Gurney Field[edit]

Headquarters, 35th Fighter Squadron, P-40 Warhawk, 36th Fighter Squadron, (P-39 Airacobra, P-400, and P-40 Warhawk[7]), 80th Fighter Squadron P-38 Lightning, P-39 Airacobra.


The airport resides at an elevation of 88 feet (27 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,690 by 30 metres (5,545 ft × 98 ft).

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Niugini Port Moresby
Airlines PNG Losuia, Misima Island, Port Moresby

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b Airport information for AYGN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for GUR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Gurney Airport. PNG Gossip blog. December 17, 2008.
  4. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  5. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Flight logs of 1st Lt William T. Brown

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