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Nadi International Airport
IATA: NAN – ICAO: NFFN
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Fiji Limited (AFL)
Serves Nadi
Location Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
Hub for Air Pacific
Elevation AMSL 18 m / 59 ft
Coordinates 17°45′19″S 177°26′36″E / 17.75528°S 177.44333°E / -17.75528; 177.44333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,273 10,739 Asphalt
09/27 2,136 7,007 Asphalt

Nadi International Airport (IATA: NAN, ICAO: NFFN) is the main international gateway for the islands of Fiji. It serves about 1.2 million people per year, and is the main hub of Air Pacific.

History

The original airstrips at Nadi were built by New Zealand in 1939. They were paid for by the British colonial authorities and were used by the United States Army Air Forces when the Pacific War began in 1941, as USAAF Nandi (sic). Early in the war, the Americans flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nandi against Japanese targets in the Philippines and Solomon Islands. Later in 1943, the 42d Bombardment Group, flew B-25 Mitchells from Nadi.

Following the end of the war, control of Nadi Airport was handed over to New Zealand on 20 December 1946, and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand began operations from Nadi in 1947. At independence in 1970, the Fijian government began participating in the organisation of Nadi Airport, and full control was handed over in 1979.

The first tarmac runway was constructed in 1946 at a cost of £46,500; length 7000 ft x 150 ft - 2133m x 46m.

Then, as now, Fiji was the crossroads of the Pacific - and in those days was even more important as a refuelling stop. Back then, the apron was shaded by palms and crotons and hibiscus trees, with whitewashed stone paths connecting it to the terminal. These have now been lost under concrete as the apron has expanded over the years, as aeroplanes larger in both number and size land at Nadi. In those days (1940s, 1950s), the airport's official name was Colony of Fiji: Nadi Airport; although foreign timetables continued to spell the name incorrectly as Nandi.

Nadi was selected as the major airport for Fiji mainly due to its location on the drier west coast of Viti Levu.

During the first half of the 1960s, Nadi served as a key airport for transfer of passengers from Auckland's Whenuapai airport which could only take turboprop and piston aeroplanes, onto the new DC-8s and Boeing 707s bound for North America and Europe. At one time, New Zealand controlled the world's largest Flight Information Service (FIS), which at its largest stretched to 10,360,000 square kilometres. All of this was controlled from Nadi.

Operations

Arrivals and departures are much preferred to be to the south, due to the close proximity of the Sabeto Range to the immediate north of the airport. A large turn around area, suitable for Boeing 747s, is located to the left of the threshold of Runway 02, in case meteorological factors make departure to the north necessary.

In 2008, a Qantas Airbus A380 had to make an emergency landing to disembark a sick passenger, showing that whilst not certified, the facilities at Nadi are sufficient to cater for the largest civilian aeroplane in the world.

Today, the largest concentration of hotels in Fiji has grown up in and around Nadi, and as tourism took off in the 1960s, the nearby resorts under construction in the nearby Mamanuca Islands cemented Nadi as the centre of Fiji's tourism industry.

Nadi is also the operational base for Air Pacific, which services 6 airports throughout the south-west Pacific, and many more on the Pacific Rim. Remnants of the largest FIS in the world remain as, for example, Nadi Tower provides an FIS service for Fua'amotu Airport in Tonga when Fua'amotu Tower is off watch.

Airlines and destinations


Side view of the airport
Side view of the airport
Airlines Destinations
Aircalin Nouméa, Wallis Island
Air Kiribati Tarawa
Air New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington [seasonal]
Air Niugini Honiara, Port Moresby
Air Pacific Apia, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Funafuti, Hong Kong, Honiara, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nuku'alofa, Port Vila, Suva, Sydney, Tarawa
Air Pacific operated by Pacific Sun Kadavu, Labasa, Malololailai, Mana, Pacific Harbour, Savusavu, Suva, Taveuni
Continental Airlines operated by Continental Micronesia Guam, Honolulu
Jetstar Sydney
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Virgin Blue operated by V Australia Sydney [ends 18 October]


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General Info
Country Fiji
ICAO ID NFFN
Time UTC+12(+13DT)
Latitude -17.755392
17° 45' 19.41" S
Longitude 177.443378
177° 26' 36.16" E
Elevation 59 feet
18 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 012° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Island Group Viti Levu I
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR
1800-0800Z. OT svc on 119.1.
118.1
GND
1800-0800Z
118.1
TRML INFO
Avbl 1600-1000Z dly.
127.9
APP 119.1
FIS 126.7
RDO 3467
5634
8867
13261
17904
Communications Remarks  
A/G Major World Air Route Area SELCAL
ACC Domestic Flight Information Service 3425 6553 8846 11339.


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 10739 x 150 feet
3273 x 46 meters
ASPHALT 080FCXT YES
09/27 7007 x 150 feet
2136 x 46 meters
ASPHALT 065FCXT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME NN NADI 072X 112.5 6.6 NM 143.3
NDB VK NAVAKAI - 405 2.2 NM 038.0


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
CAUTION BASH
FUEL A1 (C 679-720-042) (NC-100)
LGT PAPI Rwy 02 PAPI TCH 75'; Rwy 09 PAPI TCH 50'; Rwy 20 PAPI 3.20 TCH 70'; Rwy 27A-PAPI TCH 54'.
MISC Whenever possible US mil acft will use Pago Pago Intl, American Samoa in lieu ofNadi. All mil itinerant acft intending to transit Nadi exc in emerg must ctc ATCC (NFFNXR and NFFNQF) at least 48 hr prior to ETD for Nadi.
NS ABTMT See FLIP PLANNING AP/3.
OPR HOURS H24
RSTD Ngt tkof Rwy 20 and ldg Rwy 27 proh.
TFC PAT Due to hi terrain to the N and NE of afld, deps fr Rwy 02 must begin lt turn onto hdg 260 mag no later than EOR of Rwy 02. Rwy 09 - rgt turn to 270 aft tkof.



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