28 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI Airways plans to grow passenger numbers on its overall network by 12.6 per cent this year.
The airline is targeting a 36 per cent increase for Asian tourists, 7.5 per cent for Australian guests, while planning to grow passenger numbers from New Zealand, North America and the Pacific by 9.6 per cent, 9.4 per cent and 18.4 per cent respectively.
Airline CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen said the company strove to achieve network growth, improved connectivity and revenue management.
“I am pleased to confirm that in 2017, we saw a significant further growth in our network,” he said.
“In 2016, we added Singapore twice a year around, Vava’u and San Francisco twice a week, except San Francisco was seasonal. In 2017, we added Adelaide twice a week. San Francisco is now becoming three times per week along with Singapore and in 2018, we start our flights to Japan three times a week.
“So there is significant growth in our network. To give an idea about passenger numbers, it grew by 5 per cent in 2014, 6 per cent in 2015, 9 per cent in 2016 and in 2017 by 12 per cent.”
He said the company continually worked to strengthen ties with international airlines they held codeshare agreements with.
“In terms of strategic partnerships, this is where we forge stronger alliances with international airlines that open up their destinations that we connect to. And in the year 2017, we exponentially increased the destinations we now serve from 69 to 108 in 17 countries.
“We now codeshare with 11 airlines and have 33 interline agreements. Fiji Airways codeshare partners include Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Jetstar, and Alaska Airlines.”