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Aussies Leave With Fond Memories

Aussies Leave With Fond Memories
Australian Force
April 22
13:47 2016

Airport workers sense loss after last troops return home


Tears were shed and new friends forged when the last troops of the Australian Defence Force left our shores yesterday.

As the last plane departed Nausori International Airport yesterday staff members of Airports Fiji limited grew emotional as they bid their new friends farewell.

Nausori International Airport has been a hype of activity in the past two days as the last of the Royal Australian Air Force troops returned home.

“With the departure of each of the teams, our AFL staff has been there singing the “Isa Lei” song to thank them and to tell them that you will be near and always be in our hearts. For them to come back and visit Fiji again as a tourist to enjoy our sun and sea,” AFL airport manager Nausori, Vincent Kumar, said.

“We have worked out a new friendship and new bond between Fiji and Australian Air Force team and I thank them for whatever they have done for Fiji, leaving their families behind, to help, support and bring us back on top again.

“The last two months have bee interesting.”

Nausori International Airport has handled the pressure and worked hard focusing on the normal international and domestic arrivals and departures; as well as Australian Air Force team’s hospitality.

“AFL hosted one of the biggest business operations that the country has ever seen however the defence forces from Australia to be based, living and working from the airport was something new for us,” Mr Kumar said.

“The objective of such an amazing and big organisation was achieved and for them to come down to Fiji with so much aid and relief supplies to help Fijians restore their life back.

“They have been very helpful in a sense of timely response, arriving to the airport, establishing themselves and going out to reach the people in the interior areas of Viti Levu and outer islands of Fiji.

“This is made possible also through the respective organisations that have supported the Australian Air Force team and to name a few are Northern Air Limited assisted the New Zealand Defence Forces, Fiji Airways, Pacific Energy Services, and Kaibu VatuVara who provided the hanger for the Air Force team to reside in,” Mr Kumar said.

He also commended the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) and the Fiji Police Force for being helpful and supportive of the Australian Air Force team during their stay here.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika




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