Comments

Airport dispute must be fixed

There are few winners in the current safety standoff between Airports Fiji Limited and Pacific Sun over Labasa’s airport at Waiqele. Urgent Government intervention is now seemingly needed to settle
04 Oct 2012 08:08

There are few winners in the current safety standoff between Airports Fiji Limited and Pacific Sun over Labasa’s airport at Waiqele.
Urgent Government intervention is now seemingly needed to settle the impasse. The airport runway needs to be brought to a standard where Pacific Sun is willing to operate its ATR42-500 turboprops there.
Look at those who are losing. They include:
LABASA businesses and people are losing heavily because of the cancellation of Pacific Sun flights, with the airline concerned over the runway and safety.
PACIFIC SUN is losing because ATR42-500 aircraft and pilots are sitting idle when they should be flying from Nadi and Suva to Labasa.
AIRPORTS FIJI LIMITED is losing because it is not getting the fees it would get from its prime customer, Pacific Sun, using the airport.
The only real winners are Northern Air – because its little Britten Norman Islander can land on a small stretch of the runway – and Patterson Brothers. People are increasingly using Patterson’s bus-ferry-bus service to get to and from Labasa.
The solution at Waiqele is obvious. Fix the runway to a standard where Pacific Sun has no safety concerns.
Then it can resume its vital ATR42-500 flights there. It cannot fly into Labasa until it is satisfied it is safe. Nor should anyone expect it to.




Subscribe to E-Edition
pacific island top up
Air Nuigini
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: