The Pacific islands of Fiji have been issued with a tropical cyclone alert by Fiji's Meteorological Service.
Viti Levu is expected to be hit with gale force winds and severe flood warnings remain in place for all major rivers, streams and low lying areas of the island.
According to Fiji Village, a tropical depression was located about 1000 kilometres west of Nadi earlier today.
Air Pacific, Fijis national carrier, will continue to operate daily outbound flights on a reduced schedule due to the severe weather conditions and staff shortages.
The Fijian government has requested all inbound return flights to be passenger-free and the airline will comply until further notice is given.
At least nine flights have been cancelled today but Air Pacific has said all affected passengers can be re-booked on the next available inbound flight to Nadi.
Should passengers wish to change travel dates or request a refund, they may do so without fee or penalty through April 14, 2012.
Those affected should contact Air Pacific Reservations or the airlines Travel Alerts website for further information.
Air Pacific regrets this inconvenience and appreciates the patience of our customers during these difficult circumstances, the airline said in a statement released today.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T