Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) is responsible for the operation of 15 public airports in the Fiji Islands. These include two international airports; Nadi international Airport – Fiji’s main international gateway and Nausori Airport – Fiji’s domestic hub and 13 outer island airports.
AFL also provides air traffic management (ATM) in the Nadi Flight Information Region (NFIR).This includes the air space of Fiji, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kiribati and Vanuatu covering a six million square kilometer (6,000,000 km2).
Airports Fiji is a fully owned Government Commercial Company (GCC) that was established in April 1999. It came into existence as a result of the re-organisation of the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) into separate commercial and regulatory authorities under the Public Enterprise Act, 1996.
AFL’s establishment was part of an overall Government policy to ensure that government entities were more efficient, productive, and accountable, better organised and more focused on commercial activities and profitability. The outer island airports are operated as non-commercial of AFL and are funded by Government pursuant to provisions of the Public Enterprise Act.
Airports Fiji has a dual reporting system where it reports to the minister for Public Enterprise on its commercial performance and to the Minister for Civil Aviation on matters related to policies that govern the aviation industry.
The Public Enterprise Act requires AFL to carry out the business of:
- Operating, servicing and providing security to Fiji’s international, domestic and outer island airports;
- Managing air traffic services with the NFIR;
- Yielding a minimum return of 10 percent (10%) on the shareholders investment; and
- Investing in the development of airport and ATM facilities for current and future usages.
AFL staff continue to work from a $184 million fixed asset base spread public airports located over the entire country.