Fiji Airways Resumes Tarawa Flights Bonriki safety fixed: Kiribati
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