Fiji Airways, the national carrier of Fiji, will launch twice weekly direct flights between Sydney and the Fijian capital Suva as well as an additional weekly flight between Nadi and Christchurch (New Zealand) in the coming summer.
The new Sydney-Suva flights will be begin from May 2014 using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays with departure from Suva during midday and departure from Sydney in the afternoon.
With the launch of the new flights, Fiji Airways will offer three flights from Sydney to Fiji on Mondays and Fridays – two existing flights to Nadi and the new direct Suva flight.
The new schedule will also change the Suva-Auckland flight timings, allowing for late evening Suva to Auckland flights on Mondays and Fridays, and morning Auckland to Nadi flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This will improve connectivity with ferries and flights to the outer Fijian islands for passengers arriving from Auckland.
According to a Fiji Airways official in the press release, the early morning departures from Auckland to Nadi are planned to allow vacationers time to travel to the resorts and gorgeous beaches on the outer islands on the day they arrive in Nadi.
No more forced overnights near the Nadi airport due to late flights!
The airline will also operate an additional weekly (Tuesday) flight between Nadi and Christchurch in July in addition to the existing Sunday flights.
Fiji Airways subsidiary Pacific Sun, which will be re-branded as Fiji Link in 2014, will also launch flights between Suva and Samoa (Apia) in May using ATR-72 aircraft.
The Suva to Apia flights will run late on Mondays and Fridays, while the return flights will operate on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, thus allowing greater connectivity to other Fiji Airways international destinations from Suva.
The new Suva to Apia flights will also allow Apia passengers to connect on Fiji Airways flights to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane or Nuku’alofa (Tonga) on the same day.