IN an effort to avoid aviation catastrophe, Airports Fiji Limited is working round-the-clock to ensure birds don't flock at airports throughout the country.
AFL general manager Lawrence Liew said while the bird problem was a universal one, AFL was addressing it constantly.
Mr Liew was responding to questions sent by this newspaper on whether such a problem was still an issue at Waiqele Airport, Labasa as reported five years ago.
"For all the airports in the country, officers have stepped up their monitoring process and have taken preventative measures to ensure birds are removed from all airdromes," he said. "Some preventative measures include scaring off birds with the use of cannon gas or eradicating them with firearms.
"Such measures are not only practised at Labasa airport but also other places within our network of AFL-run airports."
In 2009, a Pacific Sun Nadi flight bound for Labasa was grounded after it hit a flock of birds.
The flight was grounded for a day as engineers worked to remove birds from the left wing.