A-G happy with Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port work progress

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The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum is con­tent with the con­struc­tion pace of the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port ter­mi­nal mod­erni­sa­tion. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was briefed by Air­ports Fiji Lim­ited ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Faiz Khan and Hawkins Con­struc­tion Lim­ited site man­ager Ryan Ho­gan yes­ter­day. This was dur­ing his site visit to the de­par­ture checkin ter­mi­nal and other up­graded ar­eas.

He said the first half of de­par­ture area should be open in three months then it will progress to the sec­ond half of the de­par­ture area. “We are very happy with the progress, we are aware of the many chal­lenges. We don’t nec­es­sar­ily have all the skill set in Fiji,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“It is a chal­leng­ing site. “The Nadi Air­port ter­mi­nal that has been ren­o­vated is not only one build­ing but a se­ries of build­ings.”

He said for the past decade, ap­pro­pri­ate author­ity kept on adding build­ings to the ex­ist­ing one with­out sim­ply hav­ing a master plan. “When you tear down the hall you will find all the ser­vices run­ning be­hind it. Other is­sues have emerged in the con­struc­tion phase,” he said. “The site is known as the live site which is dif­fer­ent when build­ing on a new site where there are no pas­sen­gers com­ing through.”

He said it is not easy to con­trol the work rate at a live site whereas it in­volves peo­ple and their ex­pec­ta­tion. “You have to man­age traf­fic flow which makes it a chal­leng­ing site but a lot of sig­nif­i­cance progress has been noted,” he said. “We should not think and sit back and say well ev­ery­body will come to Fiji ir­re­spec­tive what­ever hap­pens, we should be con­sis­tently on the move.” He said we should con­sis­tently be think­ing of what we can do to mod­ernise our sys­tems and in­fra­struc­ture.

Skill ex­per­tise

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a Samoan com­pany is un­der­tak­ing the til­ing con­tract in Fiji due to lack of ex­per­tise avail­able here. “We un­der­stand they did some work in New Zealand. So they are here now work­ing in the site,” he said. “We don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the right level of skill sets. There may be tiles avail­able in Fiji but not nec­es­sar­ily at that level of ex­per­tise that th­ese peo­ple are pro­vid­ing,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

He added it is the abil­ity to meet the right sup­plies and ser­vices that re­quired a very good fin­ish at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

We are very happy with the progress. We are aware of the many chal­lenges. We do not necce­sar­ily have all the skill set in Fiji. Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion

Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum sec­ond left dur­ing his site visit at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ter­mi­nal Mod­erni­sa­tion Project yes­ter­day.

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