More Fijian holidays predicted for South Islanders

More than fifty-three-thousand South Islanders can't be wrong ... and even more will soon
holiday in Fiji, thanks to extra flights just announced for Christchurch Airport.

Fiji Airways will begin a permanent second service each week between Christchurch and Nadi in time for winter holidays in the sun.

From June 23 2015, the airline will offer year-round Tuesday morning departures to Fiji and on to North America, to complement its existing Saturday service.  The full service airline, in two-class configuration, operates at family friendly hours to and from Fiji.

Christchurch Airport General Manager Airlines and Alliances, Matthew Findlay, says the extra flights are a response to demand.

"Over the past 12 months, more than 53,000 South Islanders travelled to and from Fiji and
North America with Fiji Airways," he says. "This new service offers more choice
and convenience to those travellers, direct from their local airport.

"A Fijian holiday can now be a quick dash from Tuesday to Saturday, or a ten day stop ...
or longer still. Fiji Airways offers a network of choices to points across the Pacific, on to Honolulu and throughout North America.  The short transit time in Nadi also gives exporters a wider choice of getting products to market directly from Christchurch with Fiji Airways."

Mr Findlay says Fijian holidays have long been popular for South Islanders wanting to
escape the winter, especially because Fiji Airways discounts airfares for children.

"Family Fijian holidays - and perhaps on to Disneyland from there - just got a whole lot more do-able," he says. "We're sure we're not the only ones excited about the new extra services."

Shannon Currie, Fiji Airways Regional General Manager NZ, says the airline has added the flights to meet demand.

"Fiji Airways continues to go from strength to strength in the South Island market, as demand through Christchurch grows from all regions.  The high demand has given us the confidence to boost services and we look forward to welcoming more holidaymakers with our price beating fares and full service".

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