Fiji Airways returns to Adelaide and Vanuatu

Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Fiji’s flag carrier makes an impressive comeback to its international route network. 

Fiji Airways, the national airline of the Island Republic of Fiji is ready to welcome its travellers from South Australia back on board and to Fiji once again.

This is indeed a lukewarm moment for local Adelaidians, the airline and Fiji as this is the first-ever flight in 3 years due to the pandemic.

The schedule between Nadi and Adelaide is departing from Australia at 12:35 PM and is scheduled to arrive in Fiji at 8:15 PM.  

Fiji Airways will fly two flights per week between Nadu and Adelaide, and this means that the South Australian destination will be the fourth destination in Australia.

This means that Fiji is now becoming more accessible than ever to many Australians. Apart from flying to Adelaide, the Fijian flag carrier also flights to Sydney with two daily flights, a daily flight to Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Andre Viljoen Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO said: “Today is a special occasion, after three years we’re excited to say Bula and welcome back to our friends and family from South Australia.”

“The short five-hour and 10-minute direct flight from Adelaide makes Fiji a popular choice and a much more attractive option for Australians. The new Adelaide route allows us to provide further travel options for Australians to our beautiful home and beyond.”

The flight to and from Nadi will be very accessible for many Australians, as the return trip on economy flights is just from AUD$608pp and return business class airfares from AUD2,728 per passenger.

Fijians are known to be very hospitable. Passengers can experience this sensation straight away right after they board.

Passengers are allowed up to 23KG to 30KG of luggage allowance for economy class on all international routes served by Fiji Airways. Premium passengers on business class will be well pampered, as its menu is prepared by New-Zealander – Fijian award-winning chef, Richard Cross. Chef Cross is Fiji Airways’ executive chef.  

Flights to Vanuatu

Apart from venturing into the Australian market, the airline will also be re-flying to Vanuatu.  The first flights to Vanuatu will depart Nadi at 11.25 am and returning at 5.15 pm.

Mr Viljoen stated: “We know that there are many people from Vanuatu who have been eager to return home. Many of them have not seen their families for over two years and so these links to Pacific Island countries are very important. Returning to Vanuatu also means that Fiji Airways is reconnecting them to the rest of the world.”

The airline will fly twice weekly to Vanuatu from its hub in Nadi. 

Fiji Airways is optimistic that it will recover stably after the pandemic, and that the airline has a strong focus on the Australian market, which is safe and predictable.

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