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Gavoka reveals major plans for Nadi Airport

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka says Fiji Airports is undertaking major plans to bolster growth in the tourism sector.

Speaking in Parliament, Gavoka said as part of the industry’s 10-year National Development Plan, the Government is investing in upgrading its airport infrastructure to handle increased air traffic and reduce congestion.

He said expanding the Departure Lounge with new VIP and bus lounges, additional waiting areas, and reconfigured zones, all phased to minimize disruptions.

Gavoka said by year-end, there will be new off-gate aprons for more aircraft parking; ongoing pavement maintenance; planning for a transit hotel, retail building and a new car park; Gate 1, 2, and 3 will be relocated between 2025 and 2028, with new gates added in 2029; upgrades include new aerobridges by 2026; advanced check-in systems with biometric integration by December 2024; and a new CT scan-based handling system in 2026.

A solar PV farm will increase power capacity in phases to achieve net zero emissions by 2025, where Gavoka said the airport will also introduce electric vehicles and charging stations; new fire trucks, and enhanced training facilities, along with upgraded communication, navigation, and surveillance systems to meet international standards.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Fiji Airports is actively involved in several development initiatives for the outer islands.

“They have awarded Flame Tree Development Fiji Limited a $10 million contract to carry out pavement maintenance on five airports – Labasa, Rotuma, Savusavu, Lakeba, and Matei.”

“This contract, awarded in April 2024 after a rigorous tender process, is part of ongoing maintenance efforts funded by Fiji Airports. Additionally, construction for the Labasa Terminal will begin in mid-2024 at its current location, with plans to acquire adjacent land for a larger terminal,” he added.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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