Fiji Airways has announced a return to commercial flying for fully vaccinated international travellers from 01 December 2021.
The airline is scheduled a number of daily flights and weekly flights between Fiji and its major tourism destination markets, with the first commercial flight from Australia to Fiji since March 2020 scheduled to depart Sydney on the morning of the 1st December.
From 01 December, Fiji Airways will launch 14 flights a week between Nadi and Sydney on its brand new Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with daily flights to Melbourne and Brisbane also scheduled to resume.
The airline will operate daily A350 flights to Los Angeles, five flights a week from San Francisco on its A330 aircraft, and two flights a week from Honolulu utilising the Boeing 737 MAX.
Daily flights are also scheduled to/from Auckland, with three flights a week to Christchurch and two flights a week to Wellington on a mix of Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Hong Kong will see three flights a week, while there will be two weekly flights to Singapore and Tokyo-Narita on the Airbus A330 aircraft.
Fiji Airways will adjust its planned schedules accordingly if certain states or destinations remain closed for international travel on 01 December.
Visitors to Fiji will enjoy a well-deserved holiday in one of the world’s first fully vaccinated tourist destinations, with the country on track to have the entire working population vaccinated by November. Award-winning Fiji Airways, with its two distinct achievements for COVID-safety and wellness, is offering exclusive package holidays for visitors to the country with luxury resorts at prices up to 45 percent more affordable than 2019 rates.
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced the travel framework which would allow Fiji to reopen its borders to tourists from 01t December after more than 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All arriving travellers (from certain countries) must be fully vaccinated, present evidence of a 72-hour negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding, and complete an additional rapid test at their pre-booked resort or hotel upon arrival before commencing their holiday quarantine free.
Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO Andre Viljoen said: “After almost two years of no tourism, we are more than ready to safely welcome back international travellers from 1st December and greet them with our famous Fijian hospitality. Fiji’s entire tourism industry has been waiting for this.”
“Equally, we know that our fellow Fijians are eager to travel abroad for leisure, business and to meet family and friends. We cannot wait to safely transport them around our international network as soon as they are able to, subject to the entry requirements of the destination country.”
“We fully support the health protocols and travel framework laid out by the Fijian Government for safety of Fijians and visitors alike. In addition to the measures announced, we have our Travel Ready programme to safeguard the wellbeing of staff and customers, which includes mask-wearing at all appropriate times on board our aircraft and at the airport.”
“Fiji is a pioneer of covid-safe international travel and Fiji Airways is the only airline in the Australia-Pacific region to achieve a Skytrax 5-Star COVID Safety rating as well as the highest Hospital Grade “Diamond” certification by APEX Health and Safety powered by Simpliflying,” added Viljoen.
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