Fiji Airways operated its inaugural flight between Nadi and Wellington on June 25.
The launch marks the beginning of a year round flight to one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations with onwards connections to North America.
“A very warm welcome for Fiji Airways,” said Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. “This service provides direct links with the Pacific and offers a delightful opportunity for Fiji to be a stopover between Wellington and Los Angeles in either direction.”
“We are so pleased that Fiji Airways saw the opportunity that the Wellington market presents and we are delighted to welcome them to the region. It has been exciting to see the popularity of the service with promising forward bookings,” said Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport Chief Executive.
“The service provides greater options for central New Zealand residents travelling to Fiji and North America and is well suited to all types of travellers, said Mr Sanderson.
“It will be the only route to North America that allows travellers to fly business class from Wellington to the United States on Fiji Airways’ brand new A330s.”
The airport says the market between Wellington and Fiji has grown by more than 39% over the last two years and passengers travelling to the United States have increased by 25% over the same period. The new service will add 34,000 seats to Wellington’s international market.
The service will operate twice per week on a Thursday and Sunday. The flights will also allow Qantas frequent fliers to get Qantas points.
(Photo: Mark Tantrum)