24 Jul 2013

Fiji says airport's new biosecurity measures will not add to delays

10:26 am on 24 July 2013

Fiji authorities say the refurbishment of Nadi International Airport is likely to begin next month, and will improve the experience for incoming visitors.

The tourism minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the airport, which has facilities that date back to the 1960s and has been known to keep visitors in long queues, will undergo a major facelift over a 12 to 18-month period.

He says the arrival and departure areas will be expanded, and a third baggage carousel will be added.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji recently had a problem of termites coming in and eating away at homes, so new x-ray machines have been purchased.

He says he hopes new biosecurity measures will not further delay arrivals.

"We have been working on it for now, quite some time to ensure that the right number of personnel are there to process the incoming passengers. And sometimes the rostering gets out of line, but, it's not a defence, but definitely I think there is that sensitivity that needs to be there amongst those people serving at the airport."

Fiji's tourism minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.