Fiji Airways adds more flights around region
Fiji Airways has announced new flights to the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu to begin this year. A new direct, weekly service between Nadi and Honiara will start in July while a third weekly service between Suva and Funafuti will commence in June 2014.<!--more-->
There will also be additional flights between Fiji, Samoa and Tonga as well as Vanuatu as part of the plan, which was announced last week as part of Fiji Airways’ five-year strategic plan to strengthen its regional network. The airline had earlier announced its direct Suva-Apia and Suva-Sydney services beginning May 2014.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive said, “We revealed during our Five-Year Masterplan announcement recently that the South Pacific region is a key growth target for Fiji Airways, and we will increase capacity to the region by almost 90%.”
The new Saturday flight between Suva and the Tuvaluan capital of Funafuti will complement its already existent Tuesday and Thursday services. The flight will be operated by subsidiary Pacific Sun, soon to be rebranded ‘Fiji Link’, using its ATR 42-500 aircraft. A new ATR turboprop is to join the fleet this year.
The new Honiara connection from Nadi will fly a B737-700 on Saturdays starting July 5, departing in the afternoon and returning the same evening. This is in addition to the Fiji Airways existing service (Nadi-Port Vila-Honiara) on Tuesdays, and the Saturday direct Nadi-Port Vila services, the airline’s communiqué said.
With new services to Tonga, the airline will have six flights a week between Fiji-Samoa and Fiji-Tonga, and five flights between Fiji and Vanuatu by mid-2014.
“We now connect the Pacific Islands to key long haul markets like United States and Hong Kong on our own network like no other airline does. This presents people of the Pacific increased opportunities for business and leisure travel beyond the region, as well as connect visitors from the United States, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand to these countries,” Mr Pilcher said.
From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and its subsidiary Pacific Sun fly to 15 cities in 10 countries.