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A-G Gets Help for Airport Tenants

This move by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum keeps in mind flights that are expected to resume by the end of May.
29 Mar 2020 10:32
A-G Gets Help for Airport Tenants
Nadi International Airport.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday successfully negotiated with Fiji Airports the rent waiver for business tenants at Nadi International Airport.

This move by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum keeps in mind flights that are expected to resume by the end of May.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was part of measures to ensure businesses which rely on traffic at the airport remain alive despite COVID-19.

He said: “Obviously there is no activity at the airport and very little activity means very little business.

“All tenants and concessionaires at Nadi International Airport will have rent free for the month of April and May and a discounted rate for the month of March, they would have to work it out with Fiji Airports.”

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva on March 28, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva on March 28, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

He said after May, they would conduct a review.

He added that if there was any activity by Fiji Airports, in particular at Nadi International Airport, then obviously they could adjust the rent accordingly.

“But obviously if there is no movement at all then we will have to continue with the rent free.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that these businesses also have to look after their employees.

The major duty free retailers at Nadi International Airport are Tappoos and Prouds and they are located both at the international arrival and departure areas.

Both retailers offer a wide range of the world’s prestigious brands of liquor, tobacco, fragrances (perfumes), cosmetics, jewellery and electrical goods.

Private sector meeting

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also met with private sector and other stakeholder representatives yesterday at Suvavou House to discuss how they could assist in the smooth implementation of the curfew that will commence from tomorrow.

He said the feedback they received from businesses was very accommodating.

Obviously, he said one aspect was that they need to know and understand how they could allow businesses to carry on without being disrupted.

“The supply chain will need to be maintained, and how best they can maintain it even with the curfew.

“They also continue to ensure people who are employed after hours continue to go to work, and also continue to get paid.”

Some of them, he said have made adjustments to their shift hours; some of them had sought clarification on the curfew hours and would work with the relevant authorities.

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