[radio fiji] A number of international flights out of the Nadi International Airport were delayed yesterday following a dispute between FINTEL and Telecom Fiji Limited yesterday over a payment owed to FINTEL.
The dispute resulted in FINTEL pulling the plug on their services to TFL – resulting in a three hour blackout for TFL customers.
National airline - Air Pacific says - like other airlines at the Airport, its international flights were delayed by up to two hours after outside telecommunications links were severed.
This resulted in passengers being checked in manually.
Air Pacific flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Honolulu were delayed for between 30 minutes to two hours.
The airline's daily flight to Sydney was most affected by the severance of telecommunications, as it departed Nadi 2 hours and 25 minutes behind schedule.
Air Pacific plans to do a quick turnaround in Sydney to try to make up for some lost time.
Last night’s Melbourne and Honolulu flights were also affected.
This morning’s flight to Auckland is also expected to be delayed.
Telecommunication dispute causes flight delays