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First Set Of New Tenancies At Nadi Airport Released

  A number of newly-upgraded tenancies will open to the travelling public at the Nadi International Airport from Monday. The announcement from Airports Fiji Limited comes as it moves a
14 Nov 2015 01:00
First Set Of New Tenancies At Nadi Airport Released
Interior of the Nadi International Airport. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

A number of newly-upgraded tenancies will open to the travelling public at the Nadi International Airport from Monday.

The announcement from Airports Fiji Limited comes as it moves a significant step forward in its Nadi Airport Terminal Modernisation Project.

Outlets which will open from Monday include Tappoo and Prouds duty free, Burger King, Gloria Jeans, Westpac, Digicel, Tourist Transport Fiji, Rosie Holidays, Tour Managers and Pacific Destinations.

Airports Fiji executive chairman, Faiz Khan, provided an update to the media yesterday.

Simultaneous with this, the tenancies currently operating on the ground floor of departures lounge will close to allow construction works to proceed on the ground floor.

However, the airline lounges will continue operations on the departures ground floor and be upgraded in stages.

Mr Khan said they are calling the release of these tenancies as a “significant step forward” rather than a launch because the project has still got a little less than 50 per cent of works pending to complete.

“We have a fair way to go. Building at an operational airport, NATMP was always planned to be delivered in stages. Nevertheless, these releases signify a significant milestone achieved,” he said.

“We hope the Fijian people and our customers enjoy the new experiences we have created. We thank you for your patience thus far.

“We continue to seek your patience as we embark upon completing the NATMP project.”

 

Project status

Mr Khan further confirmed so far, $58 million has been invested in the project till date.

He said whilst extensive final touch ups and defect rectification works has taken place over the past four months, there are still some defects that have been identified to be rectified post release of these tenancies.

“In the overall scheme these defects are minor,” he noted.

“Taking a pragmatic approach a decision was made to release these tenancies to allow the contractor to move into ground floor departures to commence upgrades there.”

As it stands, Mr Khan said they are eight months delayed from the base line programme.

He said one of the main reasons for that delay is steel procurement by the contractor.

 

New lounge furniture

Meanwhile, Mr Khan also confirmed the new lounge furniture will arrive in a month’s time.

He said they had to delay the shipment of the lounge furniture due to considerable uncertainty over the release dates.

He added there was a lack of storage facilities around to store and the furniture, if it arrived before this release, then would cause issues with storage.

“So we will use the existing furniture for about a month or so and then start replacing them with new furniture as they arrive onto our shores,” he said.

The furniture is expected to be in line with those in Australia and New Zealand airports.

 

Efforts recognised

As Airports Fiji nears this significant milestone, Mr Khan thanked the efforts of all parties involved to the building contract.

“We thank all our tenants for their immense efforts in creating world class tenancy fit-outs,” he said

“We would also like to thank and recognise the perseverance of all AFL staff who have contributed immensely to the achievement of this milestone.”

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