Fiji Airways’ inaugural flight to Canberra takes off

A Fiji Airways Boeing 737 in flight.
XPinger (Chris Sutton) from Rotorua, New Zealand, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Fiji Airways’ inaugural flight from Nadi to Canberra took off this morning, marking a further addition to the airline’s Australian network.

The inclusion of Australia’s capital, Canberra in the network promises to strengthen tourism, trade, people-to-people connections, government relations, and cargo transportation.

Enhancing tourism for both nations

With a reputation for world-renowned hospitality and award-winning service, Fiji Airways aims to deliver an exceptional Fijian experience to its guests traveling between these two vibrant destinations.

The introduction of this direct service means enhanced connectivity and convenience, allowing seamless access to the stunning islands of Fiji and the capital city of Australia.

Moreover, it opens up a new transit point for the people of Canberra to travel onwards to other parts of the world.

“We are thrilled with this new service which further establishes our presence in the Australian market,” said Mr. Andre Viljoen, the Company Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Airways.

“It will undoubtedly boost the tourism industry in both countries, opening up opportunities for people to explore the diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality that Fiji has to offer.”


“Additionally, it will provide a convenient gateway for Fijians to discover the unique attractions and experiences Canberra has in store,” he concluded.

Strengthening trade and economic collaboration

The direct flight between Nadi and Canberra also offers a seamless transport link for the exchange of goods and services.

This presents businesses with opportunities to expand their markets and explore new trade avenues, further promoting economic collaboration between the two nations.

As Fiji Airways becomes the first to re-commence international flights to and from Canberra after the COVID-19 pandemic, it solidifies its position as a leading airline in the region and reinforces the airline’s reputation as the SKYTRAX Best Airline and Staff in Australia and the Pacific.

Extensive network to Australia

The commencement of twice weekly flights to Canberra now means that Fiji Airways provides a comprehensive network of services to Australia, serving all major cities. These flights include:

  1. Sydney: 14 to 18 weekly flights
  2. Melbourne: 10 weekly flights
  3. Brisbane: 8 weekly flights
  4. Adelaide: 2 weekly flights

With this expansion, Fiji Airways now offers direct flights to an impressive 23 international destinations.

About Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways is the flag carrier of Fiji and operates international services from its hubs in Fiji to destinations including, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the United States.

The airline was founded in 1947 as Air Pacific. The airline was rebranded as Fiji Airways in 2013. The airline is owned by the Fijian government (51%), the Australian flag-carrier Qantas (46.32%), and Air New Zealand and the governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Samoa each hold minor stakes.

The Fijian flag carrier is a 4-star airline according to Skytrax, the world’s leading airline rating agency. It has been consistently ranked among the world’s best airlines for its service, comfort, and amenities.

Fiji Airways has also been recognized for its on-time performance, winning the title of “Best On-Time Airline in the South Pacific” in 2022.

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