ABOUT 70 former employees of Qantas and ATS of Nadi International Airport converged for a reunion at Wailoaloa Beach Resort at the weekend.
Former employees residing in other parts of the country joined the locals to relish their past moments in Nadi.
US citizen Chandra Krishna Nair, 60, said the reunion was a fantastic journey back to their roots.
"I have been living in Los Angeles for the past 27 years and it is an absolutely fantastic journey to be here and meet with former colleagues," he said.
"For some of us when we first met here, we couldn't recognise each other. It is great to have this reunion."
Former Qantas customer service manager Mohammed Aziz, 71, shared similar sentiments. The New Zealand resident said the reunion brought fond memories of his days at the airport.
Organising committee chairman Mohammed Yunus said the former employees shared their great memories working at the Nadi International Airport from 1960 to 1981.
"We all shared some good times as well as tough times as we were working for a foreign-owned company, nevertheless, Qantas was a good employer," he said.
"In 1981 the employees decided to form their own ground-handling company which is today known as Air Terminal Services.
"Sacrifices were made by every employee to get the new company off the ground. Today, most of those employees are retired and either living abroad or in Fiji."