It is just over a month since the Fijian national carrier Fiji Airways resumed flight services to Hong Kong. Fiji Airways has now confirmed a fourth service will be added to the route from 1st October, 2023.
April resumption of Hong Kong services
The Fijian flag carrier officially relaunched its Hong Kong services with two direct flights between Nadi and Hong Kong on 1st April. At the time of the service resumption, a third scheduled flight was set to operate from August.
Company Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Andre Viljoen says demand on the route has picked up swiftly, enabling the airline to now provide a further four flights a week from October.
“Hong Kong has traditionally been a strong link for us as the main gateway into China. We are pleased with how well this market has picked up in a short amount of time,” remarked Mr Vilijoen.
“With these flights, Fiji Airways is able to carry goods between Fiji and China, improving trade and economic activity.”
“Our forward bookings for Hong Kong for the next six months are 15 percent ahead of 2019. Based on this, the National Airline is confident that a fourth service will also do well.”
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiji Airways was operating five flights a week to and from Hong Kong, and Mr Viljoen states that the airline is committed to returning to pre-COVID levels.
“We have to put in the hard yards and rebuild connections in Hong Kong and China, and capture the attention of customers. Recently, we held a roadshow in China visiting key locations and engaging with trade and media partners.”
“I am confident that a fifth service is possible when the time is right,” he concluded.
Flights between Nadi and Hong Kong are currently operating every Monday and Thursday. The third service from August will add Saturday flights, with Sunday services now set to operate from October.
Travel demand Fiji – Hong Kong
Air travel demand between Fiji and Hong Kong has been traditionally strong, and has been growing in recent years.
This is due to a number of factors, including the popularity of Fiji as a tourist destination, the growing economic ties between Fiji and China, and the convenient flight times between the two cities.
Fiji remains a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world, and Hong Kong is a major hub for international travel.
The two cities are also closely linked economically, with Hong Kong being a major investor in Fiji. The convenient flight times between the two cities make it easy for people to travel between them for business or pleasure.
In 2019, there were over 100,000 passengers flying between Fiji and Hong Kong. This number is now expected to grow in the coming years, as the demand for air travel between the two cities continues to increase in the post-pandemic period.
The growth of air travel demand between Fiji and Hong Kong is a positive development for both countries. It is helping to boost tourism, trade, and economic growth.