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A-G Happy With Nadi International Airport Work Progress

The Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is content with the construction pace of the Nadi International Airport terminal modernisation. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was briefed by Airports Fiji Limited
15 May 2016 13:02
A-G Happy With Nadi International Airport Work Progress
Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Airports Fiji Limited Executive chairman Faiz Khan during his site visit at the Nadi International airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is content with the construction pace of the Nadi International Airport terminal modernisation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was briefed by Airports Fiji Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan and Hawkins Construction Limited site manager Ryan Hogan yesterday.

This was during his site visit to the departure check-in terminal and other upgraded areas.

He said the first half of departure area should be open in three months  then it will progress to the second half of the departure area.

“We are very happy with the progress, we are aware of the many challenges. We don’t necessarily have all the skill set in Fiji,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“It is a challenging site. “The Nadi Airport terminal that has been renovated is not only one building but a series of buildings.”

He said for the past decade, appropriate authority kept on adding buildings to the existing one without simply having a master plan.

“When you tear down the hall you will find all the services running behind it. Other issues have emerged in the construction phase,” he said.

“The site is known as the live site which is different when building on a new site where there are no passengers coming through.”

He said it is not easy to control the work rate at a live site whereas it involves people and their expectation.

“You have to manage traffic flow which makes it a challenging site but a lot of significance progress has been noted,” he said.

“We should not think and sit back and say well everybody will come to Fiji irrespective whatever happens, we should be consistently on the move.”

He said we should consistently be thinking of what we can do to modernise our systems and  infrastructure.

Skill expertise

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a Samoan company is undertaking the tiling contract in Fiji due to lack of expertise available here.

“We understand they did some work in New Zealand. So they are here now working in the site,” he said.

“We don’t necessarily have the right level of skill sets. There may be tiles available in Fiji but not necessarily at that level of expertise that these people are providing,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

He added it is the ability to meet the right supplies and services that required a very good finish at the Nadi International Airport.

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