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April deadline for runway, says AFL

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

THE newly-upgraded Rotuma runway should open by April if remaining works are completed within the set timeframe.

Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) executive chairperson Faiz Khan said about 70 per cent of work was completed.

"This is one of the biggest things we are looking forward to and many people don't know that the Rotuma upgrade includes a new runway and when it is complete, people will get a sense of the magnitude of the project," he said.

"We have one flight per week to Rotuma at the moment. When the runway becomes bigger, we can accommodate bigger ATR 42 and ATR 72 planes carrying 40 to 70 passengers in any one flight.

"That can also reduce the current fares because of the fact that you can carry 70 as opposed to seven, so the airlines can charge lesser."

He said the ultimate aim for AFL was to ensure that the people of Rotuma were able to trade better.

"They are able to move to and from Rotuma and that will then ensure more economic growth and that's what we're looking for in the next few months."

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