AIR Pacific has extended its services in the region with the launching of the direct Suva-Port Vila service.
Airline CEO Dave Pflieger said the non-stop, once-a-week direct service on Sundays between the capitals of Fiji and Vanuatu would be operated by the airline's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pacific Sun, using its 42-seat ATR42-500 aircraft.
He said the move was in line with the airline's commitment in catering for the demands of its customers.
Mr Pflieger said the new service would provide reduced travel time for customers and increase the number of travel options between the two cities to three days a week.
"We heard the request from our customers loud and clear, and we're delighted to now offer direct service between Suva and Port Vila," he said.
"We're confident our weekly direct service will be tremendously beneficial to regional students, academics and, of course, the many regional and inter-government organisations who work in both countries," Mr Pflieger added.
He said Air Pacific's direct service was being celebrated with the introduction of great year-round return fares starting from $522 all inclusive and available for purchase direct from the airline's website, reservations centre and sales offices.
"The return fare of $522, which is available year-round, is 30 per cent cheaper than two one-way fares — this includes a light meal, beverages, and a baggage allowance of 23kg on board the 42-seater ATR aircraft.
"The first direct flight between the two capitals is scheduled for Sunday, September 16."
The three-hour flight will operate weekly departing Suva on Sundays at 9:30am and arriving in Port Vila at 11.30am.