Airline increases direct flights

IN A bid to capitalise on growing demand from Singapore and Southeast Asian travellers for Fiji as a holiday destination, the national airline will increase its flights between Nadi and Singapore.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the number of Singaporeans travelling to Fiji increased by 120 per cent between 2015 and 2016 while Southeast Asia and India had been significant feeder markets.

“Through the introduction of our thrice-weekly services during peak periods, we hope to provide greater flexibility to travellers from this region.

“Visitors can now opt for vacation days that best suit their needs, be that a short four-day trip, or a longer nine-day holiday,” said Mr Viljoen.

“Our strategy to grow a new route is to introduce seasonal services first, and eventually progress to year-round as demand grows.

“Therefore it’s pleasing to note that Fiji and other South Pacific destinations are seen as the new frontier of travel for visitors from Southeast Asia.

“Likewise, more Fijians are now travelling to Singapore, South East Asia and India, taking advantage of our direct flights as well as our codeshare and interline partnerships with Jet Airways and JetStar Asia respectively.”

A statement from Fiji Airways yesterday said the airline currently operated twice-weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays.

It says the third service will operate on Wednesday, starting April 4, 2018, operating in April, May, July, August and December.

Fiji Airways commenced direct flights between Fiji and Singapore in 2016, creating the quickest and most accessible route between the Southeast Asian and South Pacific regions.

The introduction of the thrice-weekly flight service builds on Fiji Airways’ strategy to bring Fiji’s untouched beauty to travellers in Asia.

“We are really grateful to the Fijian Government for their support and partnership, which has allowed Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji to boost the awareness of Fiji in these key markets.

“Sales out of Singapore have grown by 50 per cent since the launch of the direct flights.

“This has been further bolstered by our airline partnerships which extend our reach to a broader visitor base in India and 21 destinations across Southeast Asia.”

Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the additional Singapore flight was a big win for tourism in Fiji and for Fiji’s engagement with the international community.

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