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Quality At Airport Cannot Be Compromised: Attorney-General

Quality At Airport Cannot Be Compromised: Attorney-General
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayad-Khaiyum with AFL Chairman Faiz Khan and project management at the construction site in the Nadi International Airport Terminal, yesterday. Photo: VARANISESE NASILASILA
February 25
08:34 2015

The Government and Airports Fiji Limited have ensured that quality does not get compromised as far as the Nadi International Airport Modernisation is concerned.

The Attorney-General and Minister responsible for airports, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, made these comments following a tour of the Terminal as refurbishments/modernisation works continue.

The $105 million project is expected to be completed by May next year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, however, confirmed come April this year, they will do the handover of the concessions on the upper departure level to the concessionaires.

“They will ensure that the quality of the set-out fits in with the overall structure and the overall quality that we want the airport to have,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum further reiterated that rental in the airport should fetch premium prices.

“We have people paying rent at the airport paying five times less than in Namaka and that is ridiculously low,” he stated.

“Someone in Parliament said we are squeezing somebody. We are not squeezing anybody, we are trying to get the right rental and the right revenue.

The upgrade/modernisation of the Nadi International Airport is aimed to make the traveller’s experience a modern and free flow one once it is completed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that all that matters to travellers is the experience.

“You want people to spend a bit more time at the airport. That way they will get to earn revenue,” he said.

“Apart from that they will also experience a free flow of traffic because everybody will just want to come and try something out at the Airport.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum commended Airports Fiji Limited for the ongoing construction.

“The executive chair has been doing well with financing,” he said acknowledging Faiz Khan’s work.

“As you know, with this $105 million upgrade, the government has not put a single cent in, that AFL has gone to the market itself and borrowed money by themselves.

Feedback:  varanisese. nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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