Fiji Airports has this week completed the runway upgrade at Lakeba with the first flight landing on the new runway yesterday.
Fiji Airports CEO, Mr. Faiz Khan said the Lakeba runway refurbishment is the second major infrastructure upgrade completed for our network of Outer Island Airports over the past two weeks.
“Fiji Airports is carrying out these runway upgrades to help improve air connectivity for the benefit of all Fijians. These developments on our remote outer island airports are challenging due to the complexity and isolation. The new runway will certainly be a welcoming sign for people travelling to Lakeba this festive season,” Khan said.
“Two weeks ago, we completed the Bureta Airport runway upgrade. In the New Year, we will start upgrade works in Kadavu for our Vunisea runway. The Labasa Airport runway and apron will also be upgraded next year as part of our ongoing Outer Island Airports Development Programme.”
In 2018, Fiji Airports made a cash loss of $18.9 million in the running of its network of airports at Nausori and the outer islands. The cost of the Lakeba runway upgrade was close to $0.3 million.