Nau­sori In­ter­na­tional Air­port:

AFL has been of­fered 35 hectares of land for pos­si­ble big­ger run­way, new ter­mi­nal

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Air­ports Fiji Limited has re­ceived an of­fer of 35 hectares of land from Di­rec­tor of Lands for the ex­pan­sion of Nau­sori In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Air­ports Fiji ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Faiz Khan, said at this stage, they have not re­ceived the land lease but hope to get it fi­nalised soon.

“Once that is done, next year, we will start plan­ning the project for a big­ger run­way and a new ter­mi­nal,” he said. Mr Khan added they did not have a bud­get in line at the mo­ment with the up­grade. The bud­get would be in line with the de­sign etc for the project.

“The cur­rent Nau­sori ter­mi­nal is quiet small. It is not fea­si­ble for us to up­grade on the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal be­cause of stag­ing is­sues, and it is eas­ier to build on a Green Field sight on a com­pletely va­cant land,” he said. “We have also iden­ti­fied a land where the new ter­mi­nal will come up. It will be a com­pletely new ter­mi­nal right next to or a bit fur­ther away from the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal.”

Ro­tuma Up­grade

Mean­while, Mr Khan fur­ther con­firmed Air­ports Fiji has called for ex­pres­sions for in­ter­est for the Ro­tuma Air­port run­away up­grade. “Cou­ple of weeks from now, we will be tak­ing short­listed bid­ders to Ro­tuma to see what is in­volved or what is go­ing to be in­volved in the work over there,” he said. “So Ro­tuma is also the pri­or­ity on our agenda in terms of other air­ports that are present. From next year we will be fo­cussing our pri­or­ity on Nau­sori.”

Nadi Air­port

The news of up­grades comes amidst on­go­ing works on the mod­erni­sa­tion of the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Mr Khan an­nounced on Fri­day that part of the brand new de­par­tures check-in hall was go­ing to be launched by July-Au­gust this year. A fresh set of 3D ren­der­ings of the Nadi Air­port Ter­mi­nal Mod­erni­sa­tion project was re­leased as well. Once com­pleted, the mod­ern Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port is ex­pected to en­hance pas­sen­ger travel ex­pe­ri­ence and strengthen our po­si­tion as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

So Ro­tuma is also the pri­or­ity on our agenda in terms of other air­ports that are present. From next year we will fo­cus our pri­or­ity on Nau­sori. Faiz Khan Air­ports Fiji Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man

A three-di­men­sional ren­der­ing of the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s Depar­ture check-in ter­mi­nal with left lane for pri­vate ve­hi­cle drop offs and the right lane will be for buses and taxis only.

Air­ports Fiji Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man, Faiz Khan.

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