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AFL beefs up security

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SECURITY operations at the Nadi International Airport have been stepped up to improve service delivery and put an end to incidents of theft.

Airports Fiji Limited yesterday announced it was upgrading its baggage handling procedures.

Chairman Faiz Khan said they would work with border police in making sure that service at Nadi Airport was world class.

He said AFL was unhappy with a number of past practices — including thefts — and the company was taking steps to enhance its performance.

Mr Khan said any passenger who lost or misplaced belongings should contact AFL as many items were available for collection.

"We are also currently reviewing the contracted services provided to AFL," he said.

"We want to make sure that all facets of operation at Nadi Airport meet our very high standards."

Director of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they would review procedures to assist other stakeholders.

He said police needed to position itself "to be on par with modern day technological security systems".

"We need to relook at our roles and responsibilities and how well we link ourselves to other stakeholders in maintaining a high class security system at the airport. There is a need to review our procedures knowing that a lot of visitors are coming to our shores.

"The review in procedures will be in line with other stakeholders to help minimise criminal activities at the airport."

ACP Tudravu said other security measures involved sniffer dogs to monitor the airport premises.

Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprises Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum welcomed those steps as part of the larger process of upgrading Nadi Airport.

"The terminal at Nadi will undergo a modernised redesign, which will completely transform the passengers' experience at the airport," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"We want to make sure that our new airport provides the best possible service to our customers."

The project is expected to begin in April.