The first stage of upgrade for Fiji’s Nausori airport is expected to be worth $20.7 million.
Speaking to FijiLive Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) chief executive Tony Gollins said preliminary planning has started in order to begin physical construction in late December.
“Right now we are testing the runway, conducting all sorts of planning and work before we actually get into physically developing it,” said Gollins.
Gollins said the runway will remain as 1800 meters and they will be putting in place approach lights in order to have safe landing at night.
He said the focus now is trying to make the airport into an international standard.
He also said they are working with government agencies to try and facilitate the purchase of land that will be used for the upgrade.
The project is expected to cost $59 million which is funded by government and AFL.
By Mereani Gonedua