November 18, 2016 10:40 pm

Nausori airport runway cleared for international flights

Airports Fiji Limited and Fiji Airways today announced that the Nausori Airport is now cleared for B737 aircraft operations. AFL contractors have successfully concluded and tested the sealant and repair works on the airport’s runway, and Fiji Airways has verified its suitability for B737 operations. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said he […]

Airports Fiji Limited and Fiji Airways today announced that the Nausori Airport is now cleared for B737 aircraft operations.

AFL contractors have successfully concluded and tested the sealant and repair works on the airport’s runway, and Fiji Airways has verified its suitability for B737 operations.

Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said he was relieved that runway surface was now suitable for their B737 aircraft.

VILJOEN: “This allows us to reinstate our direct services to Suva from Sydney and Auckland. We know the past few weeks have been most inconvenient for all our affected guests. We completely empathise and reiterate our safety first approach in all situations. We are glad to resume direct services from Suva to Auckland and Sydney, subject to weather conditions being conducive to safe flight operations.”

Faiz Khan, Executive Chairman of Airports Fiji Ltd said the recommencement of B737 operations out of Nausori was a positive development.

KHAN: “The works carried out by our Australian contractor in sealing cracks was deemed defective, requiring remedial works. We understand the frustrations of the public and repeat that safety is our paramount concern. Looking forward we are glad for the resumption of services by Fiji Airways.”

The runway has been closed for B737 aircraft since September 25.