New Rotuma Chip Seal Runway To Open On Monday

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will open the new Rotuma chip seal runway on Monday.

Fiji Airports and Fiji Linkwill operate a spe­cial turboprop flight from Nadi to Rotuma for the opening.

This will also be Fiji Link’s inaugural ATR passenger service to Rotuma.

The flight will depart Nadi Airport at 8.30am and return at 2.30pm.

The Rotuma runway upgrade was an invest­ment of over $12 million.

Fiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan had earlier highlighted that the upgrade would transform the Rotuman economy bringing with it developments and economic activities

Mr Khan also noted that before only the Fiji Link Twin Otter was able to land at the Ro­tuma airstrip.

He also noted that larger aircraft such as ATRs could not operate out of Rotuma, but will do so after the upgrade.

He said: “ATR 72s will take around 70 pas­sengers with greater certainty on flight times and frequency.

“One can only envision the transformation this will have for Rotuma. The distance be­tween Rotuma and Nadi is around 600 km but at present feels like 60,000 kms.

“In the future Rotuma will be a destination just around the corner.

“The project has been made possible through the push and vision of the Govern­ment.”

He said there is no business case for Fiji Air­ports to develop Rotuma but they did so due to their social responsibilities as a Govern­ment owned entity.

About Fiji Link

Fiji Link is the wholly owned domestic sub­sidiary of the international carrier Fiji Air­ways. It operates a fleet of modern ATR and Viking Twin Otter Aircraft.

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