LONDON – Fiji’s flag carrier Fiji Airways has announced that it will be expanding its network to new markets in Canada with flights operating between the capital city Nadi in Fiji to the western coast city of Vancouver in Canada starting from 25th November 2022.
This new service will mark Fiji Airways’ 20th international destination served by the carrier’s world-class fleet mix.
Speaking on this remarkable occasion, Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Airways said that “This is a very exciting development as we continue to explore ways to maximize returns not just for Fiji Airways but for the tourism industry and the Fijian economy. Canada represents a new market with immense potential for tourism, trade and of course re-connecting Fijian families.”
Mr. Viljoen asserted that this new service has been made possible due to Fiji Airways’s strong rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic, as borders have opened with an abundance of potential to capture tourist markets.
Mr. Viljoen further stated that:
“The Fijian diaspora in Canada is approximately 80,000 – people who have not been able to see their loved ones for two years and are eager to fly home. Fiji Airways now provides them with a more convenient means to do just that.”
Fiji Airways’ post-pandemic position
As carriers around the globe are once again witnessing strong demand for international travel, with many international destinations desperately trying to capture tourism flows to rebound from the harsh two years of the pandemic, Fiji Airways has taken this opportunity to re-reflect its strategic planning for years ahead.
Mr. Viljoen stated that the carrier is investing in strategizing its business model for long-term milestone planning, which includes Fiji Airways being able to meet future challenges and continue to bring in revenue.
“Returning to the skies doesn’t just mean resuming existing routes. If we are to strengthen ourselves and grow as a business, we must invest in new markets and solidify our networks. Vancouver was the ideal choice for us”, stated Mr. Viljoen.
With the new route being introduced between Fiji and Canada, the Fijian trade delegation is aiming to effectively engage with its Canadian trade counterparts, including industry experts and traders on the 9th of August, as Fiji Airways has introduced its promotional flight for Fijians at $FJD1099.
Similarly, Canadian counterparts will also get an opportunity to interact with Fijian counterparts and delegates with promotional flights returning to Nadi, Fiji allowing Canadian nationals to buy tickets at $CAD599, but with return flight options provided via Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Fiji and beyond
The new service connecting Fiji and Canada will be considered a perfect bundle for Canadian travelers, as the carrier has been known to have a strong presence around Oceania and French Polynesia.
This strong presence will allow Canadians to explore nearby major tourist hubs like Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Ocean.
Fiji Airways has also announced that, once the commercial operations between Fiji and Canada start, it will be offering limited passengers an opportunity to fly to Fiji Airways’ four major destinations in Australia, and three major hubs in New Zealand at no added cost.
Courtesy – Fiji Airways.
Expressing his joy in his statement, Mr. Viljoen said that “Our new route is strategically timed to offer Canadians an escape from the cold winter to a beautiful Fijian paradise, promising warm tropical weather, world-class hospitality by our tourism sector, excellent in-flight service with our cabin crew and a comfortable modern fleet of aircraft.”
The new direct service will connect Fiji and Canada with twice-weekly service on Monday and Friday, starting November 25th, 2022 offering Canadians to witness the rich Fijian hospitality and the abundance of nature that the islands have to offer to its tourists.