Between the Lines

BTL: 07th August, 2019

The revelation was made by the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on Monday.
07 Aug 2019 10:28
BTL: 07th August, 2019

ATS CONCERN

The discovery of items in some of Air Terminal Services’ workers’ lockers that were taken from passengers’ bags at Nadi International Airport is causing concern in the jetset town.

The revelation was made by the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on Monday.

It is understood that meetings have been held by the stakeholders to discuss the issue, particularly with reports that Fiji Airways is interested in taking over the ground handling, baggage handling, catering and engineering services.

An official statement is expected from ATS today.

SOUNDS FAMILIAR

In the port of Suva in the old days, it used to be called pilferage.

This was when some port workers would take stuff out of boxes, smuggle them out of the main gate and service a thriving black market.

In those days expensive watches would go cheap at Suva’s waterfront.

The discovery of items belonging to passengers in some workers’ lockers at Air Terminal Services at Nadi International Airport may sound familiar to the pilferage at the old port of Suva.

But modern changes brought in had eliminated this menace and today the port of Suva is an efficient and profit-making operation.

WHY FIJI AIRWAYS IS INTERESTED

Fiji Airways is interested in taking over the ground handling, baggage and catering services at Nadi International Airport because it wants to protect its top international rating.

It usually gets the bad rap when something goes wrong.

In June this year, Fiji Airways, was awarded the coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of elite airlines in this prestigious category.

At the same Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, Fiji Airways also leapfrogged from 4th to 1st place to take up “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, signaling the airline’s continued commitment to world class service and customer experience. Fiji Airways beat out Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia in this category to claim the top award.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are one of the most sought after quality accolades for airlines. Skytrax benchmarks traveller opinion and carries out quality evaluations around a number of key categories and principles for airlines around the world. Skytrax Ratings are recognised as a global benchmark for airlines.

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