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Nausori Runway Repairs, Flights Diverted to Nadi

A number of flights to and from the Nausori International Airport had to be redirected to Nadi International Airport or cancelled yesterday. Airports Fiji Limited, in a statement, said: “AFL
26 Sep 2016 09:49
Nausori Runway Repairs, Flights Diverted to Nadi

A number of flights to and from the Nausori International Airport had to be redirected to Nadi International Airport or cancelled yesterday.

Airports Fiji Limited, in a statement, said: “AFL has been carrying out runway crack sealing works at night times at Nausori Airport over the last two weeks. A liquified sealant is poured over the cracks to seal them off.

“The contractor carrying out these works is SuperSealing out of Australia under the supervision of Beca out of its New Zealand and Suva offices.

“It has become apparent to AFL that the sealant applied last night could not dry within the 30 minutes specified.

“We have accordingly taken the precautionary measures and closed Nausori Airport runway until 2pm whilst SuperSealing and Beca try to find temporary and longer term solutions.

“Flight disruptions of mainly B737 and ATRs are expected during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will review the position further this evening.”

Fiji Airways said: “Fiji Airways has had to cancel a number of flights from Suva today (yesterday) because of the unsettled surface at Nausori Airport.

“The surface condition following overnight runway works is currently unsuitable for B737 and ATR aircraft operations. Twin Otter aircraft are still able to operate to and from Suva.

“Customers affected include those travelling from Suva to Sydney, Port Vila and Labasa. A number of inbound flights from Labasa to Suva have also had to be diverted to Nadi. Diverted customers landing in Nadi will be transferred to Suva by road.

“Fiji Airways understands the inconvenience caused to affected customers, but reiterates that the disruption is beyond the airline’s control.

“Safety remains Fiji Airways’ primary concern, and the airline is liaising with Airports Fiji Limited on when the runway will be suitable for larger aircraft operations.

“Fiji Airways and Fiji Link are transferring affected customers travelling to Sydney and Port Vila to Nadi by road, where they will be put on subsequent services to their destinations.”

 

7pm Fiji Airways update

AFL has presently closed Nausori Airport for larger aircraft, with only lighter aircraft able to operate. Further inspections will be carried out on the Nausori Airport runway surface this morning, to determine its suitability for ATR and B737 operations.

Fiji Airways and Fiji Link are using Twin Otter aircraft to move customers between Suva to Nadi, prioritising those with onward international connections on Fiji Airways.

This will continue until the runway surface at Nausori is suitable for larger aircraft.

Fiji Airways empathises with the inevitable disruptions customers travelling to and from Suva are facing, which are beyond the airline’s control.

nAffected customers are requested to call Fiji Airways Reservations on 672 0888 or 330 4388 to rebook flight and get further updates.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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