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Air Services and Airports

Air Services

Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) administers Fiji’s 6.1 million square km of airspace (Flight Information Region) covering Fiji, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kiribati and Vanuatu. AFL owns and manages Nadi international airport and manages Nausori Airport and 13 other domestic outer island airports on behalf of the Fijian government.
 
AFL has commenced a 10 year programme in 2012 and is looking at 3 major phases of development for Nausori such as widening of the runway, strengthening the shoulders, building the runway end safety areas and installing the approach lighting to allow night time operations.
 
A major ongoing expense for AFL is the repair and upgrading of landing strips especially at our outer islands airports. It is a core responsibility for the organization is to make sure that the majority of our population, even in the more remote areas of Fiji, has access to air travel.
 
Total international passenger movements 1,412,499
Total aircraft traffic in the FIR and terminal navigation area 103,929
Revenue earned $55,611,000 (year 2010)
 
Additional to its CNS/ATM (Communication, Navigation & Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) responsibility the taking over by the AFL of operations of airports was part of Government's reform of its public enterprises to improve customer focus, lower costs to business and consumers and to improve efficiencies, in particular the return on investment.
 
The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) retained the technical regulatory functions of the aviation industry.
 
It is responsible to discharge its functions on behalf of the Fiji Government under its responsibility to the Chicago Convention on ICAO. It regulates the activities of –
 
a.) aerodrome operators
b.) air navigation service providers (CNS, ATM, SAR, AIS, MET)
c.) airline operators
d.) aviation training institutions
e.) pilots, air traffic controllers, flight service officers, aircraft maintenance engineers, technicians and cabin crew
f.) airline contracting organisations
g.) aircraft maintenance organisations
h.) international air cargo operators, regulated agents, aircraft catering service providers, ground handling service providers, aviation security service organisation and certification of screeners.
i.) recreational and sporting aviation activities
j.) aviation training devices
 
On the other hand, the Ministry through its Department of Civil Aviation is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the currency of the existing 28 Air Service Agreement (ASA) as well as negotiating new ASA with strategic partners.
 
International Airports
 
International airports are located at Nadi and Nausori. Nadi International Airport has the capacity to handle up to a fivefold increase in aircraft movements without any significant change to the current level of manpower and is used by international airlines operating on transpacific air routes. Fiji enjoys regular air services to Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, China (Hong Kong), South Korea, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Nauru. There are regular daily flights between Nadi and Suva through Air Pacific’s domestic airline, the Pacific Sun.
 
The 2 international airports were at varying levels equipped with modern passenger and cargo screening facilities, upgraded amenities, CCTV cameras, new trolleys etc. Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) has Master Plans for Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport and will continue to upgrade its domestic airports.
 
Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Limited (ATS) is an ISAGO Provider registered under the IATA Safety Audit For Ground Operations Program and offers total ground handling services to regional and international carriers at Nadi Airport. These include Passenger Handling, Cargo & Ramp Handling, Aircraft Line Maintenance, Cabin Cleaning, Catering, Fixed Based / Private Jet Operators, and Cargo Sales and Clearance. In addition to handling scheduled carriers, ATS provides all services as required to all types of ad hoc operators ranging from charter flights and long haul freighters to military and private aircraft. They are certified to handle and are equipped to work on everything from wide-bodied passenger and freight aircraft to turbo prop and light aircraft.
 
 
Main Carrier
 
Air Pacific will be re-branded to Fiji Airways in 2013, is the main airline operating international air services to and from Fiji, and there is also a range of other carriers serving Fiji such as Pacific Blue, Jetstar (from 29th March 2010). The national airline Air Pacific, soon to be Fiji Airways, operates scheduled flights between Nadi, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong Los Angeles, and Hawaii, as well as other regional countries of the South Pacific. Korean Air, Air NZ, Continental Micronesia, Air Nuigini, Air Vanuatu, Airlines Tonga, Air Caledonie, Solomon Air, and Air Kiribati. Air Pacific also provides code-share arrangements with Qantas, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Solomons Air and Cathay Pacific on some of the routes. Pacific Sun provides regular schedules services to many Fiji destinations while Pacific Island Air Ltd, Coral Airways, Turtle Airways and Air Wakaya provide plane charter services, and Pacific Crown Aviation provides a helicopter hire service.
 
Air Pacific commenced flights to Hong Kong in December 2009 with the new air services agreement (ASA) signed with China in early 2009. In mid-2009, AFL started works on upgrading Rotuma airport to bring it up to international standards. Estimated cost of this upgrading work is $17million.
 
Airline Operations – International
 
Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, has progressively grown as a local and international airline. Today it operates 6 aircraft. The aircraft types are:
• 1 x Boeing 737 - 700
• 3 x Boeing 737 - 800
• 2 x Boeing 747 – 400
 
Its three brand new A330 aircraft are expected in March, May and November 2013.
 
In addition to national carrier Air Pacific, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Korean Air, Virgin Blue and Air Calin provide international services through Nadi International Airport. Other European, Asian and American continental services are provided by Air Pacific, and Air New Zealand.
 
Current services provided by Air Pacific (FJ) are as follows:
 

Destination
Frequency per week
Apia
3
Auckland
10
Brisbane
7
Christchurch
1
Funafuti
2
Hong Kong
2
Honiara
1
Honolulu
3
Los Angeles
4
Melbourne
3
Sydney
13
Tarawa
2
Tonga
4
Vila
2

 
(Air Pacific Ltd - 6th March, 2012)
 
Airline Operations - Domestic
 
On the domestic front, development of local air services has progressed well to service Fiji’s outlying islands. Pacific Sun continues to be the principal domestic operator using Nadi Airport as its main base and have recently expanded operations to include flights out of Suva to, Savusavu, Labasa, Taveuni, Kadavu, Cicia, Lakeba and Vanuabalavu this in addition to their existing operations between Suva & Nadi and Suva & Labasa. Out of Nadi services include flights to Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni, Kadavu, and Rotuma.
They currently have a fleet of 2 ATR42-500's, and 3 De Havilland Twin Otters. New comer Northern Air uses Nausori Airport as its main base operating 1 Britten Norman Islander and are currently in negotiations to purchase a second aircraft. Pacific Sun also covers the South Pacific Islands with their ATR42-500’s, servicing Tuvalu and on occasions, Tonga and Vanuatu for Air Pacific.
 
Other commercial domestic operators offering non-scheduled services include Pacific Island Air, Turtle Airways, Air Wakaya and Laucala Air. Pacific Island Air are a mainly seaplane operation based at Nadi Airport and provide charters to Island Resorts in the Mamanuca’s, Yasawa’s and Fiji’s Northern Islands. Turtle Airways, also seaplane operators, Air Wakaya and Laucala Air mainly cater to their own properties (Turtle Island Resort, Wakaya Island Resort and Laucala Island Resort) however are also available for Charter services within Fiji. Private Operators include Hibiscus Air and Island Air and these airlines are not available for hire or reward i.e. strictly private operations.
 
Island Hoppers is Fiji’s only provider of Helicopter service and is based at Nadi Airport. They offer scenic tours, charters, medical evacuations and other services to most island and mainland based resorts throughout Fiji.
 
Air Freight
 
Air Freight services are available in two forms, namely, air cargo and air courier. These services are available on all aircraft operating out of Nadi Airport.
 
Air Courier
 
This service is primarily meant for documents and parcels that need immediate delivery within a couple of days. The pertinent feature of courier service is that it is a door-to-door service. There are no prescribed courier rates and varies from courier company to company.
 
Competition has led to variation in better and more efficient services.
 
Examples of Courier Service:
Document Service - for shipping document, business reports, bank documents, airline tickets, cancelled cheques.
Parcel Service - for tapes, advertising material, spare parts, sample, slides, cassettes, and diskette.
 
Air Cargo
 
International air cargo, airport to airport service is available for all types of commodities. General air cargo rates are prescribed after consultation with air transport body International Air Transport Association (IATA). The minimum rates prescribed are also known as IATA rates. Reduced commodity rates are negotiable with the transporters on the basis of bulk and frequency. Moreover, certain transporters offer special consolidated rates based on a grouping system. Consolidated rates operate under the concept of bringing freight together and hence could work out to be cheaper than general rates. Consolidated rates are normally prescribed by Freight Forwarders who establish their own rates (from the prescribed IATA rates) based on the item, total weight and the frequency at which the targeted weight is achieved. General freight rate, or IATA rate, will be used for goods that cannot wait for grouping dates.
 
Registered Freight Forwarders:
 
These are some of the many freight forwarders available:
 
DHL International (Fiji) Limited
 
Carpenters Shipping
 
Williams and Goslings Limited 
[UPS-United Parcel Services]
 
Air Pacific Limited
 
CDP Services Limited
 
EMS Courier Post
 
Freight Services (Fiji) Ltd