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Fiji Airways donates $1 million to PM’s Relief Fund

Fiji Airways yesterday donated $1 million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to assist those affected by Cyclone Winston. Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Andre Viljoen,
26 Feb 2016 10:30
Fiji Airways donates $1 million to PM’s Relief Fund

Fiji Airways yesterday donated $1 million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to assist those affected by Cyclone Winston.

Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Andre Viljoen, handed the cheque over to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The airline has also announced free carriage of relief supplies domestically and inbound from other countries coordinated through the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

Mr Viljoen said: “We share the pain of our fellow Fijians at this time and will assist in any way we can to help rebuild our nation.

“The donation will assist the NDMO teams get much needed resources and personnel to areas of critical need.”

In addition, Fiji Link flights this week will carry as much water and dry goods as possible on all flights going to Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni, Koro, Vanuabalavu, Cicia, Kadavu, and Lakeba.

Fiji Airways, under the direction of the NDMO, will freight in relief supplies on its inbound flights.

Mr Viljoen said: “While we are heartened to see so many Fijians and our friends abroad offering assistance, we encourage everyone wanting to help to please work through the NDMO.”

Sound financial position

The donation was warmly welcomed on behalf of the Government by the Attorney General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“All Fijians will appreciate this generous gesture by Fiji Airways, which reflects not only its commitment to the welfare of our nation but its sound financial management that has made the donation possible,” he said.

“The Government will be working closely with our national airline throughout this crisis, not only making sure that relief supplies get to those who most need it but assisting the tourism industry to get back on its feet”.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government, through Tourism Fiji, is working with Fiji Airways and industry stakeholders on a comprehensive plan to maintain the health of the industry in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

“We need to get the message out to our key markets that most Fijian resorts are open and functioning,” he said.

“The best way for Australians and New Zealanders, in particular, to support Fiji through this crisis is to keep visiting us. There is no need for intending holidaymakers to cancel or postpone their visits.”

SOURCE: FIJI AIRWAYS

 

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