Labasa Airport will re-open for flights this Thursday after completion of the runway upgrades.
Fiji Airports has invested a total of $3.2 million towards upgrading its Outer Island Airports over the last 10 months.
“The Labasa Runway and Apron Upgrade works are part of our previously committed and continuous efforts to improve air connectivity between our islands and the mainland. Fiji Airports carried out the $1.7 million project to improve the runway surface and to expand the Labasa Airport apron,” explained Fiji Airports Chairman, Geoffrey Shaw.
“These runway infrastructure improvements come at a substantial cost but underline our commitment to developing our outer island airports into the future. Our passengers flying in and out of Labasa can do so with greater comfort knowing of these upgrades to the airport facilities.”
Fiji Airports had closed Labasa Airport for 3 weeks to allow runway upgrade and maintenance works. The Labasa Apron Upgrade works will continue through till September.
“This runway upgrade is significant in the sense that Labasa Airport is the main port of entry into Vanua Levu. These improvements will generate business confidence to the Northern part of our country. Apart from the runway works, the apron is being expanded to almost twice its size and will be able to accommodate three larger aircraft,” added Fiji Airports Board Director, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.
The Labasa runway upgrade completion was delayed by a day due to inclement weather and as a result the airport will re-open on Thursday.
Labasa is the fourth Fiji Airports network of outer island airports to undergo a runway upgrade. Late last year, Bureta and Lakeba runway upgrades were completed and the Kadavu runway was refurbished in March this year.