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Fires Spread to Fiji Airports Facilities Can Disrupt Flights

Fiji Airports is urging the public to refrain from setting fires near their facilities. This is after a suspected arson on a sugarcane field occurred near Fiji Airports facilities on
23 Aug 2018 10:07
Fires Spread to Fiji Airports Facilities Can Disrupt Flights
The approach lights near the area that was burnt. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airports is urging the public to refrain from setting fires near their facilities.

This is after a suspected arson on a sugarcane field occurred near Fiji Airports facilities on Tuesday. As a result, the fire was said to have spread near the Fiji Airports approach lights for the Nadi International Airport main runway.

Such an incident can damage aviation infrastructures which can disrupt flights, a statement from Fiji Airports said.

“A fire on Tuesday quickly spread from a nearby area onto our approach lights at Wailoaloa.

“While this incident did not affect flight movements such fires can cause major damage to our infrastructure and disrupt flights.”

There has been a lot of concern of wildfires during this dry spell each year and the damages is quite costly, it said.

“Fiji Airports is requesting residents living around the Nadi Airport runway area to refrain from lighting fires during this dry spell. The Fiji Airports team will continue its house-to-house consultations with residents in the area,” the statement said.

Nadi International Airport handles 98 per cent of international visitors to Fiji, 80 per cent of which are tourists.

On behalf of the Government, Fiji Airports manages the Nadi International Airport, Nausori International Airport, and the 13 other outer-island airstrips.

Fiji Airports provides air traffic management (ATM) services in the Nadi Flight Information Region (FIR) which includes the air spaces of Fiji, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kiribati and Vanuatu, covering an area of six million square kilometres.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

waisean@fijisun.com.fj




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