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MOA to allow airport use of ministry facilities

Nasik Swami
Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE Nausori Airport will now be able to use water resource management facilities from the Ministry of Agriculture's Luvuluvu Depot.

This was successful after Airports Fiji Limited signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the ministry yesterday.

Permanent secretary for Agriculture Ropate Ligairi said the ministry would assist in the upgrading works of the Nausori Airport.

"The ministry has been informed that Nausori Airport has been declared a category seven airport, which allows the operation of aircraft up to Boeing 737-800 series," Mr Ligairi said.

He said there were certain requirements by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in terms of Airport Rescue Fire Fighting that the operator had to fulfil to fully comply with international standards.

"AFL is meeting most of the requirements however, is unable to meet the requirement of replenishment of fire tenders within the shortest time possible due to the water problems currently faced at the airport," Mr Ligairi said.

He said AFL was also not able to carry out rescue operations in the water as they did not have the provisions of boats.

"In recognition of this need and in response to the request for assistance from AFL, I have endorsed the use of the Land and Water Resource Management Division facilities based at Luvuluvu which is available to facilitate this requirement," Mr Ligairi said.

The MOA is for five years and will expire in 2017.