Fiji Air­ways Re­sumes Tarawa Flights Bon­riki safety fixed: Kiri­bati

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Fiji Air­ways will re­sume its NadiTarawa ser­vices to­day af­ter Bon­riki Air­port au­thor­i­ties con­firmed that they had ad­dressed se­ri­ous safety con­cerns the air­line had. Fiji Air­ways has had to can­cel ser­vices to Tarawa in the past two weeks be­cause of a num­ber of safety-re­lated con­cerns that have arisen. These con­cerns in­clude the Pre­ci­sion Ap­proach Path In­di­ca­tor not be­ing ser­vice­able, non-avail­abil­ity of the re­quired Res­cue Fire Fight­ing Ser­vice ve­hi­cle at Bon­riki Air­port, in­fre­quent safety in­spec­tion of the run­way and air­side bound­ary fenc­ing and in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion from air­port of­fi­cials to Fiji Air­ways flight crew. The air­line recog­nises the in­con­ve­nience caused by can­celled ser­vices, how­ever, main­tains that safety of its pas­sen­gers and crew are of paramount im­por­tance.

Re­gret­tably, the air­line is un­able to ac­com­mo­date pas­sen­gers af­fected by ser­vices can­celled due to fac­tors out­side of its con­trol. This in­cludes can­cel­la­tions due to bad weather. As­sur­ances have been given to the air­line by Bon­riki air­port au­thor­i­ties that the re­quired re­me­dial work has been done to ad­dress the con­cerns. Two in­de­pen­dent air­line safety au­di­tors out of New Zealand will be trav­el­ling to Tarawa to­day to en­sure all safety con­cerns raised have been fully mit­i­gated and the aero­drome is ICAO com­pli­ant.

The Nadi-Tarawa flight de­parts at 9.30am to­day. Source: Fiji Air­ways

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