THE efforts of the government in ensuring the highest standard of safety in the civil aviation sector has not gone unnoticed, according to a statement.
Over the past 10 years, the government, through Airports Fiji Limited, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, Air Pacific and other platforms, have invested millions of dollars in developing and improving safety standards.
At a meeting of the Asia Pacific Performance-Based Navigation in Nadi this week, the visiting International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) head of delegation, Leonard Wicks, said Fiji had been an unsung hero in the global aviation industry. He made the comments at the meeting opened by the Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
"The efforts of the Fijian government and the presence of the minister emphasises Fiji's commitment and prominence to civil aviation," Mr Wicks said.
"Civil aviation in Fiji has grown over the years and immense work has been carried out because Fiji has been reaping the benefits of the contribution of the aviation in its economy and population."
He said Fiji was the only country in the Pacific with a robust aviation safety plan.
"As a small nation Fiji has always punched above its weight," Mr Wicks addede.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the government had always put the safety of its people and visitors first and would continue to do that in the future.
"Fiji has hosted a number of international events and ICAO workshops too and the government fully supports everything done towards this end," he said.