New airport expected in Northern division
August 30, 2015 7:31 pm
A new airport is expected to be built in the Northern division.
Attorney General – Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says right now the government is identifying a suitable location which will be somewhere between Labasa and Savusavu.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the current airport in Wailevu, Labasa cannot be expanded for some reasons.
“Whoever was the smart person who built it in those days; they built the runway between the bends of the river. The bend goes towards the creek and the runway is in between. If they built it on the other side where it is flat, we could have expanded it. So the cost of extending the runway now over the creek would be enormous.”
Constructing a new airport could see larger aircraft coming to Vanua Levu.
Sayed-Khaiyum says partners like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are keen to work with the government on this project.