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Tudreu: Health, Safety And Well-being Of International Travellers Top Priority

“Our national airline, Fiji Airways, and the additional announcements by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia for December flights into Nadi are very promising for our airport and the economy.”
30 Nov 2021 11:30
Tudreu: Health, Safety And Well-being Of International Travellers Top Priority
An aerial view of the Nadi International Airport Terminal Area.

Fiji Airways flight from Sydney, Australia, will be the first to arrive into Nadi International Airport tomorrow morning. Fiji Airports acting chief executive officer, Isei Tudreu, says the health, safety and well-being of passengers travelling to Fiji will remain Fiji Airports top priority.

Mr Tudreu said Fiji Airports was excited to welcome tourists back.

“Our national airline, Fiji Airways, and the additional announcements by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia for December flights into Nadi are very promising for our airport and the economy.”

 

Mr Tudreu also highlighted that recent achievement where the the Nadi International Airport was accredited by the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Reaccreditation for its COVID-19 health and safety measures.

“This is a significantly important reassurance for our passengers that they can travel safely through our airport.”

“Travel will significantly change under the new normal and as an airport, we will continue to evolve our process to ensure that our passengers have a safe journey through Nadi International Airport” he said.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Isei Tudreu.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Isei Tudreu.

He said Fiji Airports was working closely with stakeholders, particularly Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji to put their best foot forward in welcoming their first flight to the Nadi International Airport next month.

“We can’t wait,” he said.

We can’t wait to say Bula again to all our passengers, we can’t wait to welcome them back after 19 months.

 

“We can’t wait to share our Bula spirit again.”

“We just can’t wait to see our passengers coming back to Nadi International Airport!”

Similarly, the Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Pte Limited (ATS) is also working with respective stakeholders in preparation for the much-anticipated border reopening.

ATS Chief Executive Officer, Hare Mani said the ATS workforce was 100 per cent fully vaccinated.

 

 

Tourism Fiji
Meanwhile, Tourism Fiji will be launching its new Open for Happiness campaign today at Wyndham Denarau.

The Open for Happiness Campaign which will be released on December 3.

 

From left: Matrix Security security officer Mere Dolo, operations manager West Madhu Prasad, and security officer Kesaia Molidrau at the Nadi International Airport on November 23, 2021.

From left: Matrix Security security officer Mere Dolo, operations manager West Madhu Prasad, and security officer Kesaia Molidrau at the Nadi International Airport on November 23, 2021.

Security
Wormald Fire & Security would continue providing security services to the airlines at the Nadi International Airport after the international border reopening.

This was confirmed by Wormald security manager Mike Jamieson.

Mr Jamieson said the border reopening gave 65 new job opportunities at Wormald.

 

“We are still recruiting and training at this period,” he said.

“From fire systems at the airport and hotels to be services and put back on line to fully licensed security officers manning the security of all international flights in and out of Fiji.”

“In general, we ensure passenger and aircraft safety and security for all departing flights and to ensure only approved items are loaded on aircrafts and carried with passengers.”

 

Mr Jamieson said to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, the safety of Wormald staff was prioritised.

Staff leaves were managed and cleared out over the first few months to keep all staff in full employment, he said.

“And engaging with some new clients who help keep our staff in full time employment.”

 

Instead of laying off staff members, Mr Jamieson said Wormald transferred staff from the airport to hotels, resorts, ports and other commercial sites.

As far as the Nadi International Airport premises go, Matrix Security said 80 security guards were now stationed at the Nadi International Airport to facilitate the busy season.

Matrix Security operations manager West Madhu Prasad said this was a huge growth from only 10 security guards on duty at the airport during COVID-19 lockdown periods.

 

“Before COVID-19 hit, we had over 200 staff members,” Ms Prasad said.

“However, 95 per cent of our staff had to go on leave without pay.”

“With the international border reopening, we are getting our staff members back.”

 

She said there were more security guards expected to return once they had undergone their security license renewals after the hiatus COVID-19 had brought.

“We station our staff members at the entrances, departures, gates and heavy baggage areas,” she said.

“Matrix is committed to provide the best security services to ensure safe experience for outbound and inbound tourists,” Ms Prasad said.

 

Aviation and tourism stakeholders have been tediously preparing for December 1 after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced border reopening on October 10.

With, the international border reopening serves as a glimmer of hope in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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