Facelift Soon For Departure Area

Families will not be allowed to accompany loved ones leaving the country at the Nadi International Airport. Come May 5, the departure terminal at the Nadi International Airport will now
02 May 2015 09:36
Facelift Soon For Departure Area
(Front Centre) Joe Gray, Faiz Khan, Heath Doyle with the 15 marshals at the new bus bay location. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

Families will not be allowed to accompany loved ones leaving the country at the Nadi International Airport.

Come May 5, the departure terminal at the Nadi International Airport will now be closed to all non-ticket holders.

Temporarily of course, because the closure is to allow construction works at the departure terminal.

The area will be closed until all works are complete.

Confirmed by the chairman of Airports Fiji Limited (AFL), Faiz Khan, these changes would be implemented from next week.

“We will be working with constrained space from next Tuesday. We will not be able to allow families to accompany the departing passengers into the departing terminal,” he said.

“AFL is transforming the terminal experience for all passengers and all Fijians as we are now involved in significant upgrades. The biggest part of the upgrade is the international check-in terminal which requires the demolition of the entire building and the reconstruction of that.

“Whilst trying to operate without affecting flight departures we need to take parts of the checking building away for construction and work with the remaining space.”

A group of 15 marshals have been assigned to escort all airline ticket holders into the terminal and ensure access is restricted to avoid over-crowding.

A special bus bay area has been allocated, which will allow access into the terminal, are for ticket holders only.

“This information is being available to all the major stakeholders that work at the airport for the last two years,” Mr Khan said.

“This was approved as part of the staging plan so the people need to understand that we will not able to let them in.”

Mr Khan said works were expected to be completed in April 2016.

“Because we trying to build something new and modern for the consumption in an about a year’s time. This is the next phase of the construction project which is the international departure check-in terminal,” he said.

“This is the most challenging part of the construction because we are demolishing the whole building and re-doing it.”

The project director for Hawkins Pacific Building Solutions, Heath Doyle, said it was a fantastic challenge.

“We are going to have challenges as for the new construction project and I guess the challenge for us in terms of running the building site is to focus on customer service,” he said.

Most of the enabled work that has been done is yet to be seen by the general public as fit-out works are yet to be completed.

“It is going well, with any renovations on older buildings there are challenges but we are on target to be opening up shops in the near future,” Mr Doyle said.

“In construction projects you have hiccups but we haven’t really had major hiccups and people will see really big changes.

“The check-in area is the critical so it will be the last thing that is completed although it will be a stage progressive process. Over 1000 workers by far have been engaged on shift work during this process as constructions run on a 24-hour basis.”

In terms of health and safety, Mr Doyle said the challenge was always to maintain a good record.

“Fiji is new to me and I have enjoyed the positive attitudes of the workers towards improving and maintaining health and safety,” he said.

During the entire construction process there will be a minimum of 22 check-in counters available for customers.



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