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Domestic airline cancels flights to islands

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DOMESTIC carrier Fiji Link yesterday cancelled flights to Kadavu, Cicia and Vanuabalavu in Lau because of the adverse weather caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

In a statement released this week, Fiji Airways revealed that flights to Kadavu and Lau would be cancelled yesterday and today.

"Affected guests will be rebooked on subsequent flights and contacted by our reservations team once the weather improves and airport and runway conditions permit," the airline said. "Guests are requested to ensure contact details in their bookings are correct and up to date."

Meanwhile, the airline had an emergency incident yesterday when its ATR 72-600 aircraft was forced to return to Nadi International Airport when one of its engines caught fire.

Fiji Link executive general manager Shaenaz Voss said flight FJ7 bound for Suva from Nadi had an issue with its right engine shortly after take-off.

"The pilots were alerted to an engine fire and they activated the fire extinguishing system on board to bring the situation under control," she said.

"Following protocol, they shut down the engine and returned the ATR 72-600 aircraft safely to Nadi without further incident or injury to guests and crew. An emergency was declared initially but cancelled once the situation was contained."

She said passengers were assisted by Fiji Link personnel upon their return to Nadi.

"Fiji Airways and CAAF (Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji) are investigating the incident. All disrupted guests will be rebooked on subsequent flights to Suva.

"A number of other flights will be affected as a result and Fiji Airways and Fiji Link apologise to affected guests."

She said safety was always a priority and all flight crew were trained to handle such situations.

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