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Works delay

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

THE $75million Nadi International Airport modernisation project has been delayed, says Airports Fiji Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan.

"We've had a delay of about four months due to contractor selections," he said.

"The good news is that we are looking to announce the appointment of a new contractor within two weeks or so.

"That is when people will start to see works at a larger scale than what you see at the moment."

Launched in November last year, the multi-million dollar project was scheduled to be completed within 15 months.

"Initially we had planned for July of next year but that has moved by three months or so.

"So we are looking at October or around that time."

During the groundbreaking ceremony last year, AFL revealed stage one of the project involved a complete upgrade and refurbishment of the existing terminal building with a view that five per cent growth in passenger numbers was expected until 2030.

According to AFL, companies such as Thinc Projects of Brisbane, Australia, global architectural and well-renowned aviation consultancy firm Woods Bagot, structural consultancy firm Mott MacDonald and Irwin Alsop of Pacific Limited had been contracted by the authority to provide technical and management support for the airport upgrade project.

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