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Airport Runway Still Unsuitable For B737 Operations

Fiji Airways and Airports Fiji Limited have decided jointly to wait out until Thursday to see if the Nausori International Airport runway has become suitable for the Boeing 737 aircraft
28 Sep 2016 08:57
Airport Runway Still Unsuitable For B737 Operations

Fiji Airways and Airports Fiji Limited have decided jointly to wait out until Thursday to see if the Nausori International Airport runway has become suitable for the Boeing 737 aircraft operations.

This is despite the green light having been given by contractor SuperSealing out of Australia who conducted the runway crack sealing works.

Both organisations have decided to err on the side of caution and make a decision on Thursday for the B737 operations.

As a result, the national airline has advised all its passengers booked to travel from Suva to Auckland on flight FJ433 today that their flight will now depart from Nadi instead.

Fiji Airways announced this in a press statement yesterday.

As a consequence, customers booked on FJ433 will be transported by bus to Nadi to board their flight to Auckland.

Buses will depart Nausori Airport at 4am, with the flight for Auckland departing Nadi at 10am. All check in formalities will be completed at Nadi International Airport.

Auckland to Suva passengers (FJ430 and FJ416) will now also arrive into Nadi International Airport and will be transported by road to Suva.

Fiji Airways apologises for any convenience as a result of this disruption, which is beyond the airline’s control.

Fiji Airways will continue to work with Airports Fiji Limited to reinstate B737 flights to Nausori as soon as possible.

 

Background

Airports Fiji had carried out runway crack sealing works at night times at Nausori Airport over the past two weeks.

A liquefied sealant has to be poured over the cracks to seal them. However, the sealant applied on Saturday night could not dry within 30 minutes specified.

The runway had to be closed on Sunday to allow the contractors from Australia and New Zealand to find temporary and longer term solutions. As a result, B737 and ATR flights were disrupted.

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