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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fiji Airways Commences First Direct Suva-Sydney Route

New flight routes to launch in May 2014 allowing Australian's direct flights to Fiji's capital and surrounding Pacific Islands.

Fiji Airways, Fiji's national airline, has today announced the introduction of two new international services to commence in 2014. The changes will allow Aussies greater connectivity to Fiji  and the neighbouring Pacific Islands.

From May 2014, Fiji Airways will offer twice weekly direct flights between Sydney to Suva, operated by its B737-700 aircraft. The direct services will operate on Mondays and Fridays, with a midday departure from Suva and an afternoon departure from Sydney.

Fiji Airways will also launch the first Suva to Samoa (Apia) route, operated by subsidiary Pacific Sun, soon-to-be rebranded as Fiji Link. The Suva-Apia services will operate late nights on Mondays and Fridays, while the return Apia-Suva flights will operate in the mornings of Tuesday and Saturday. This will now allow Apia passengers to connect on a Fiji Airways service to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane or Nuku'alofa (Tonga) on the same day.

These new flights will allow better connections to intra-Fiji destinations, via the newly rebranded Fiji Link subsidiary to be rebranded in 2014. The change in schedule will now mean earlier arrivals to Nadi from Auckland allowing New Zealanders to travel to the north and outer islands on the same day that they arrive.

Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO commented: "We're excited about the introduction of these two new services from May next year, which will allow Australian travellers to further explore and experience all that Fiji has to offer. The introduction of the direct Sydney to Suva flight will open up tourism for Suva, Pacific Harbour and islands such as Kadavu and Toberua.

He continues, "This is the first outcome of a five-year strategic plan, which our team has designed, and it has been approved by the Board of Directors. The new services are a clear demonstration of our desire to grow our network, assist Fijian tourism, and increase travel within the Pacific."

Fiji Airways will make further announcements on its five-year strategic plan early in the New Year.

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