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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 27) - Airports Fiji Limited has announced plans to spend FJ$1 million [US$577,000] to upgrade Savusavu Airport, with work expected to start mid-year.

[PIR editor’s note: Savusavu is located on the southern coast of Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, and according to Airports Fiji Limited’s website, the city boasts one of the best harbors in the country.]

This was announced at an Airports Fiji Limited board meeting last week in Nadi [on the southwest coast of Viti Levu island] where members were told the project designs were now on tender.

The upgrading works include the construction of a new terminal building, a new apron, access roads and car parks.

However, a local hotel owner has said the upgrading works had been promised for a long time and it was good that it was finally happening.

Savusavu Hot Springs Hotel director Tim Eden said the upgrading works were long overdue.

"It's long overdue, we had been promised three years ago the airport would be upgraded," said den.

"All Airports Fiji Limited had done with the airport was a quick fix-it job to allow for another aircraft to land," he said.

"These people don't realize that it is hindering growth in Savusavu. But the upgrade of the airport will definitely be good."

Eden said aircraft movement in Savusavu was the third highest in the country and it was good something was being done about the airport.

Airports Fiji Limited announced upgrading works at Labasa Airport [on the northern coast of Fiji’s Vanua Levu island] would begin next year with plans to expand capacity at the airport.

February 28, 2006

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