Fiji Airways has embarked on a major increase in capacity across a series of key routes.
The recent arrival of a new ATR72-600 aircraft for regional carrier Fiji Link has freed up Fiji Airways’ Boeing 737s to be used on flights to Australia and New Zealand.
As a result, the national carrier has now added two more flights to its Nadi-Melbourne route, taking it up to a daily service, while two more overnight flights have also been added to the Nadi-Auckland route, boosting the total frequency to 11 flights per week.
“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,” said Fiji Airways’ managing director & CEO, Stefan Pichler.
“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… 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, the capital of the Solomon Islands, from 5 July, and more frequencies will be added during peak periods (July, October, December and January) to the Sydney and Christchurch routes. Fiji Airways currently operates once a week to Christchurch and 15 times a week to Sydney.
In June 2014, the newly-rebranded Fiji Link commenced a new direct service between Fiji’s capital Suva and Apia, the capital of Samoa, using the airline’s brand new ATR72-600 aircraft.