From FijiTimes Online (25 November 2012)
Cancelled flight 'ruins' holiday plan
by Dawn Gibson
The visitor David Larkin, 39, arrived last week expecting to get onto a flight to Rotuma on November 23, but the flight was cancelled because of adverse weather.
The flight to Rotuma leaves from Nadi once a week.
"Me and several other people who were on the flight were notified that the flight was cancelled but then we had to find people to stay with and luckily I happened to have a friend living in the Nadi area," Mr Larkin said.
He had hopes of spending a week in Rotuma and returning to Suva to celebrate his 40th birthday.
"This is really not what I had expected, I have been sitting at this airport since 6am this morning (yesterday) and I haven't even changed my clothes since yesterday (Friday)," he said.
Air Pacific communications manager Shane Hussein said the airline could not help the fact that the weather forecast was not a positive one.
"Pacific Sun's Nadi-Rotuma-Nadi flight yesterday (Friday) was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions en route. As is standard in the airline industry, Pacific Sun is unable to provide accommodation for customers for weather-related disruptions to their flights, since it's beyond the airline's control," Mr Hussein said.
"The problem is that Rotuma is a two-and-a-half-hour flight one-way and the airport in Rotuma doesn't have lights. So if a flight is to go there, it would have to leave Nadi and be back before it gets dark.
"We informed all the passengers on that flight to find some accommodation and that we'd be in touch.
"He (Mr Larkin) came back to the airport at 6am on his own, he wasn't asked to come back.
"It was more than just adverse weather to content — we had a tropical depression warning."
Mr Larkin said: "We were only given meal vouchers late this (yesterday) afternoon.
"This is unacceptable and it's meant that my 40th birthday will be ruined."
Mr Larkin was later informed that a flight would go to Rotuma next Wednesday.
He is scheduled to return to London next week.
From Gina Pene in Canberra (13 November 2012)
Last Friday evening the Rotuman youth in Canberra participated in the Pasifika Youth Showcase at Albert Hall. The showcase was part of the 2012 Oceania Talanoa Conference which was hosted by the ACT over the weekend.