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Aviation Academy Leading The Way

Consecutively, the first batch of pilots successfully completed training in November 2020, with the second batch anticipated to enter Fiji in February this year.
13 Feb 2021 17:55
Aviation Academy Leading The Way
Fiji Airways Aviation Academy in Nadi

Fiji has been able to market its Aviation Academy under the Specific Requests under Significant Economic Value (SEV) category.

This is by engaging pilots to undertake training at the Fiji Airways Aviation Academy in Nadi.

In 2019, the national airline made some major investments in its fleet, customer service and infrastructure, including the acquisition of two brand new A350-900 XWB aircraft, and the completion of the state of the art Fiji Airways Aviation Academy.

The two new simulators at the academy are now providing training for pilots from Fiji, the region and around the world.

In an interview, Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport said consecutively, the first batch of pilots successfully completed training in November 2020, with the second batch anticipated to enter Fiji in February this year.

 

The Ministry highlighted:

What is the Fijian COVID-19 Safe Framework?

The Fijian COVID-19 Safe Economic Recovery Framework outlines a three phased approach to Fiji’s safe and gradual economic recovery.

It is based on the core principles of stopping the importation of COVID-19, ensuring health system readiness, and breaking known chains of transmission, while allowing for safe economic activity.

To implement, manage and mitigate risks of the initiatives under each of these phases, the cabinet-mandated COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) has been formed.

 

What is CRMT?

The CRMT consists of the Permanent Secretary for Economy as Chair and the Permanent Secretaries for Health and Medical Services, Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport.

The Secretariat support is provided by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

 

How can foreigners travel to Fiji?

The CRMT has been actively involved in carefully assessing applications received under the Framework.

These initiatives include the Blue Lane, Specific Requests under Significant Economic Value (SEV), Luxury Vacation in Paradise (VIP), and Film Production among others to boost Fiji’s safe economic recovery.

 

Blue Lanes

To safely reopen our waters to marine travelers, Fiji has established the “Blue Lanes” for yachts and pleasure crafts seeking to explore our islands.

Last year, Fiji saw an influx in the arrival of yachts under the initiative, after global border closures shutting the industry for months.

Till date, a total of 96 vessels have been approved, of which eight were superyachts. This resulted in the arrival of nearly 400 passengers and crew.

The success of the Blue Lane is evident with businesses on Denarau slowly opening and operating longer hours.

 

Significant Economic Value

There have been several SEV cases that have been approved to boost economic activity, investments, and business confidence as part of our economic recovery agenda. To further bolster investments and business activities, the SEV category has had a total of 74 applications approved facilitating safe entry of nearly 400 high net-worth individuals and technical experts.

Of the 400 individuals, 150 technical experts have entered Fiji to assist in major capital projects worth over a billion dollars creating employment for more than 600 Fijians.

These include sectors such as construction, mining and resource exploration, telecommunications, tourism, agriculture, and cattle farming coupled with attracting international students through education bubbles.

 

SEV Category:

Education

The applications processed by CRMT under the Academic Bubble or the Education Bubble has enabled the successful entry of the first group of students, leading up to the arrival of the second batch earmarked for mid-2021.

These education bubbles strengthen and promote Fiji as a safe destination to study, as well as experience tourism activities.

 

Aviation

Fiji has also been able to market its Aviation Academy under the SEV category by engaging pilots to undertake training in Nadi.

Consecutively, the first batch of pilots successfully completed training in November 2020, with the second batch anticipated to enter Fiji in February this year.

Film, Television, Cast and Crew

Under the Film, Television, Cast and Crew category of the Framework, the CRMT has been facilitating requests by production companies to encourage the continuation of the Fijian Film industry.

To date, the CRMT has received several requests, with a few being approved to film in Fiji.

This is expected to generate $30 million worth of economic activity and create local employment, both full and part time, for over 400 Fijians.

 

Vacation in Paradise

Whilst exploring the options of travel bubbles to safely assist the tourism industry, the CRMT, in collaboration with Fiji Airways, introduced the Luxury Vacation in Paradise (VIP) as a key part of phase 2 of the Framework.

This approach allows tourists to safely enter and holiday in Fiji with the quarantine period being part of the Fijian holiday experience.

This Luxury VIP enables travelers to enter an end-to-end safe travel pathway where safe travel begins from the point of origin, which includes port of departure and mode of travel to port of arrival and transfer to a designated private resort.

Movement is organised and contained within the VIP Lane and the return journey to point of origin follows the same pathway. Throughout this pathway, there is minimal contact with the local Fijian population following clear guidelines for quarantine and testing for those, who will be meeting tourists.

To date, the CRMT has approved seven resorts including Namotu Island Resort, Kokomo Island Resort, Wakaya Club and Spa, Vomo Island Resort, Turtle Island Resort, Laucala Island Resort and Royal Davui Island Resort to be part of this remunerative initiative.

 

Resumption of Businesses

Under the second phase of the Framework, to assist local Fijian businesses, the CRMT announced protocols for all nightclubs to remodel and open as taverns.

To date, a total of 17 clubs have been remodeled to operate as taverns which has led to the re-employment of 172 Fijians.

The provisions of each category of the Framework are facilitated following rigorous conditions in compliance with standard arrival protocols that are globally consistent.

These conditions, inter alia, include strict entry conditions that include COVID-19 predeparture testing, 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in a Government designated quarantine facility and border quarantine exit testing.

The CRMT continues to explore and implement initiatives under the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework to revive the Fijian economy, including tourism and its related industries.

Feedbackmaraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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