Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, announced the addition of a third weekly direct service between Nadi (NAN) and Singapore (SIN) during peak seasons.
The airline currently operates twice-weekly flights departing from Singapore on Wednesday and Saturday. The third service will operate from Singapore on Thursday, starting 5th April, 2018, operating April, May, July, August and December.
Announcing the additional peak-season services, Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, says the carrier is growing the route to capitalise on growing demand from Singapore and Southeast Asian travellers for Fiji as a holiday destination.
“The number of Singaporeans travelling to Fiji increased by 120 per cent between 2015 and 2016, while Southeast Asia and India have been significant feeder markets. Through the introduction of our thrice-weekly services during peak periods, we hope to provide greater flexibility to travellers from this region. Visitors can now opt for vacation days that best suit their needs, be that a short four-day trip, or a longer nine-day holiday,” said Mr Viljoen.
“Our strategy to grow a new route is to introduce seasonal services first, and eventually progress to year-round as demand grows. Therefore it’s pleasing to note that Fiji and other South Pacific destinations are seen as the new frontier of travel for visitors from Southeast Asia,” Mr. Viljoen added.
Fiji Airways commenced direct flights between Fiji and Singapore in 2016, creating the quickest and most accessible route between the Southeast Asian and South Pacific regions. The introduction of the thrice-weekly flight service builds on Fiji Airways’ strategy to bring Fiji’s untouched beauty to travellers in Asia.
“We are really grateful to the Fijian Government for their support and partnership, which has allowed Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji to boost the awareness of Fiji in these key markets. Sales out of Singapore have grown by 50 per cent since the launch of the direct flights. This has been further bolstered by our codeshare and interline partnerships with Jet Airways and JetStar Asia respectively which extend our reach to a broader visitor base in India and 21 destinations across Southeast Asia.”
The Fijian Attorney-General and Minister responsible for civil aviation, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, welcomed the announcement of an additional Singapore flight as a big win for tourism in Fiji and for Fiji’s engagement with the international community.
Source : traveldailynews.asia