Airlines & Airports
|December 17, 2014|
Fiji Airways Introduces New Flights To Wellington, New Zealand From Los Angeles
|Beginning on June 25, 2015, travelers will have the option to purchase round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Wellington, New Zealand with Fiji Airways.|
Fiji Airways' Managing Director and CEO, Stefan Pichler, says New Zealand is an incredibly important market for Fiji Airways, and the new flight option is a testament to Fiji Airways' strong performance there.
"The introduction of this new route reflects our commitment to the New Zealand market, and in growing our global network," Pichler says.
The Los Angeles-Wellington route is made possible by the addition of direct flights from Nadi, Fiji to Wellington. The new Los Angeles- Nadi- Wellington route opens up an additional 328 seats per week between Fiji and New Zealand.
Wellington Airport's Chief Executive, Steve Sanderson, says that Fiji Airways is the first new airline to come to the Wellington Airport in ten years.
"We have worked with Fiji Airways for a number of years on the opportunity the Wellington market presents and are delighted they have committed to the region," Sanderson says.
United States visitors using Wellington as their New Zealand point of entry have increased by 35% over the last two years. Wellington residents traveling to Fiji and to the United States have grown by more than 20% over the same period.
"The new service, which will add up to 34,000 seats to Wellington's market, really demonstrates the demand and growth in international traffic to and from Wellington," Sanderson says.
The weekly flight will be complemented by a permanent additional service beginning June 2015.
Fiji Airways operates up to 13 weekly services between Fiji and Auckland and Fiji, and two weekly services between Nadi and Christchurch, which will double in capacity next winter. Fiji Airways is the only airline to offer child discounted airfares as well as a daily business class travel option directly from Fiji to New Zealand.
Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises Fiji Airways, the National Airline of Fiji, and Fiji Link, its domestic and regional subsidiary. Fiji Airways aims to be a leading global boutique airline and has a fleet of brand new wide-body A330s and refreshed B737 aircraft. Fiji Link has a fleet of ATR 72, ATR 42 and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link fly to 32 destinations in 12 countries (including code-shares) and operate 350 weekly flights from Nadi and Suva. Destinations include the Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in over 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, and the two companies together employ over 1,000 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.