DOMESTIC carrier Pacific Sun continues to withhold its Labasa flights until further work on the runway is completed.
In a statement, Pacific Sun said it had been reassured by Airports Fiji Limited that it would undertake further work on the Labasa runway from next week.
Pacific Sun general manager Shaenaz Voss said the company continued to experience significant financial impact because of the condition of the Labasa runway.
Ms Voss said the tarmac, in its current state, did not allow the airline to operate its ATR-42 services there.
"Flights to and from Labasa continue to be cancelled until further work on the runway is completed, and the runway meets all international safety and operations standards," said Ms Voss.
"As we have consistently stressed, we're just as disappointed as our customers in the delay to resume Labasa operations, but the safety of our customers, crew and aircraft is paramount.
"In addition to the disruption in the travel plans of our customers, we are incurring significant costs by operating supplementary DHC-6 Twin Otter services in to Savusavu."
Ms Voss said it was a costly exercise.
"However, as a responsible airline, we are doing this to ensure that our customers have another alternative for travel to Vanua Levu," she said.
"Pacific Sun is encouraged that Airports Fiji Limited will undertake further work on the Labasa runway. The airline understands work may commence next week."
Yesterday AFL general manager Lawrence Liew said he would not comment and referred all queries to the Ministry of Public Enterprise.