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Fiji Airways Expands Capacity from Key Tourist Markets

Arrival of ATR 72 paves way for increased B737 flying to Australia and New Zealand

Monday, 30 June 2014: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline has increased capacity to key Australia and New Zealand markets effective immediately. The arrival of a new ATR 72 for subsidiary Fiji Link to be used in the South Pacific means the Fiji Airways B737s have been freed up to operate more sectors to Australian and New Zealand. As a result, Fiji Airways has added two more flights to Melbourne, now flying to the popular Australian city daily. It has also added two overnight services to Auckland, enabling two additional evening flights from Nadi to Auckland, and two additional early morning departures from Auckland to Nadi. Fiji Airways now flies 11 times a week between Nadi and Auckland.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Stefan Pichler commented: “It’s exciting for us to be able to add additional capacity to our key markets of Australia and New Zealand for the peak season, thanks to the addition of the ATR 72 which has freed up the B737s needed to operate these services. The increase in capacity to our tourist source markets is good news for us as Fiji’s National Airline Group and for Fiji’s tourism industry. This was always our intention, in line with earlier announcements in our Five Year Master Plan for increased capacity to all markets. And we note with satisfaction, that the Department of Immigration has reported rising visitor numbers from our major inbound markets.”

In addition to the extra Melbourne and Auckland services, Fiji Airways will also start direct services between Nadi and Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 5th . More frequencies will be added during peak periods (July, October, December, January) to Sydney and Christchurch as well. Fiji Airways currently operates once a week (Saturdays) to Christchurch and 15 times a week to Sydney.

The announcement comes as official Fiji Government figures reveal an increase in visitor arrivals from Australia in April (compared to April 2013) of 9.6%.

Mr. Pichler adds: “Peak seasons now starting with Australia and New Zealand school holidays means very high loads so the increased capacity and additional frequency options to these key markets will be good for all tourism stakeholders.”

Details of new services as follows:

Sector Days
Nadi – Melbourne Mondays and Wednesdays, now flying daily
Melbourne – Nadi Mondays and Wednesdays, now flying daily
Nadi – Auckland Tuesdays and Saturdays, now flying 11 times a week
Auckland – Nadi Wednesdays and Sundays, now flying 11 times a week
Nadi – Sydney 2 flights daily, with 3 services on Saturdays and 1 extra Thursdays service during peak periods (July, October, December, January)
Sydney – Nadi 2 flights daily, with 3 services on Saturdays and 1 extra Thursday service during peak periods (July, October, December, January)
Nadi – Christchurch – Nadi One flight every Saturday, additional Tuesday flight during peak periods (July, October, December, January)
Nadi – Honiara – Nadi Saturdays, once a week

 

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