AIRPORTS Fiji Limited wants to see Pacific Sun's commercial decision to halt flights to Waiqele Airport in Labasa resolved as soon as possible.
Even if this means hiring the servcies of an independent surveyor, says AFL general manager airports Lawrence Liew.
Pacific Sun had, on two occasions cancelled its flights to Labasa, reasoning the runway was not safe for its passengers and its airlines. One of its concerns is understood to be the existence of loose gravel and or sand on the runway that could get sucked up by the aircraft's engine that would later develop into problems, possible consequences of which would be more disastrous. Mr Liew neither confirmed nor denied they were obtaining a second opinion when asked yesterday. In earlier statements, Pacific Sun general manager Shaenaz Voss said the safety of their passengers and property was an uncompromised priority.
Mr Liew said there would always be loose chips like small stones present on every airstrip but it remained opened that meant it was still safe as assessed carefully by the regulator - Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF). CAAF chief executive officer Netava Waqa declined to comment and referred all questions to AFL and Pacific Sun. A Pacific Sun staff said they had submitted their report containing the finding of an independent review team to AFL.
Mr Liew confirmed receiving the report yesterday and he was yet to go through the report. "We'll meet with Pacific Sun quite soon. We will continue talks with them," he said.