An additional Christchurch - Nadi service is about to give South
Islanders even more travel options in the middle of winter.
Fiji Airways currently operates a weekly Sunday departure and
will introduce a Tuesday service for the month of July 2014,
working towards additional flights later.
Christchurch Airport CEO, Jim Boult says the flight is a
win-win-win for the airport, Fiji Airways and the South
"Fiji Airways is the only airline to operate a year-round direct
service from Christchurch to Fiji, and has been flying from
Christchurch to Fiji for more than 20 years, says Mr Boult. "The
additional Fiji Airways service certainly reflects the strength in
the Canterbury and South Island economies and the strong interest
in travel to Fiji and North America.
"This is the first time since 2000 that Fiji Airways has
operated so many frequencies from Christchurch to Fiji. The
additional service provides South Islanders with a brilliant
opportunity to travel from Christchurch, and on to - or, of course,
from the US to Christchurch via Fiji," says Mr Boult.
"The total market size of South Island residents travelling to
Fiji or North America is almost 50,000 in the past 12 months - and
growing. Fiji Airways has seen this opportunity and responded which
is great news for South Island travellers.
"The increased frequency also provides greater options for
exporters to Fiji and North America and is ideal scheduling for
time-sensitive products," he says.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO says
the supplementary service makes it easier for South Island
passengers to fly direct to Fiji, and on to the US without an
additional domestic New Zealand connection.
"The new service opens up our global network to South Islanders,
because we are offering an additional weekly connection on to Los
Angeles and Honolulu. The departure time has been chosen to not
only appeal to Cantabrians, but the greater South Island market,
with connections possible from over six South Island regional
Mr Pichler says the Fiji Airways team is confident the
supplementary service between Christchurch and Fiji will prove
popular and is working towards additional flights later.
About Fiji Airways: Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways is the
national airline of Fiji. It aims to become the airline of choice
of the South Pacific, and the purchase and introduction of three
new re-branded "Fiji Airways" Airbus A330-200s to replace its fleet
of Boeing B747-400s and B767s will be the capstone of the airline's
success and turnaround from record losses just 3 years ago. From
its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and its
subsidiary Pacific Sun fly to 15 cities in 10 countries.
Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Samoa,
Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Fiji Airways
aircraft bring in over 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji,
and the two companies together employ over 900 employees, earn
revenues of over F$675 million ($380m USD), and directly contribute
a significant portion of the country's Gross Domestic Product
(GDP). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit