Rotuma airport upgrade

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with other guests during the opening of the new chip seal runway at Rotuma Airport. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI

FIJI Airports has upgraded its facilities at the Rotuma Airport with a $12.8million construction of a new chip seal runway.

Executive chairman Faiz Khan said the project was 40 years in the making and had been shelved a number of times due to the challenges it posed.

“The last time it was shelved some 15 years ago, a budget of $22m plus variations was prepared for the runway alone,” he said.

“FA has delivered this project for $12.8m with a bigger scope which included consultant costs, fencing, fire tender, fire building, crop clearance and compensation, barging, charter flights etcetera.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the runway at the airport today.

He said the project was about giving thousands of Rotumans, who had gone on to live elsewhere in Fiji and the world, a chance to visit their families and see their home with unprecedented ease.

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