On Sunday 31 March, Qantas relaunched services to Fiji for the first time in nearly 20 years, with a new direct flight from Sydney taking off today in time for the April school holidays.
The direct service will operate four times a week to Nadi with a Boeing 737 aircraft, meeting growing demand from customers wanting a premium travel option to the islands.
The flights add to Jetstar’s direct services, which also operate four times per week, and will see the Qantas Group offer customers more than 75,000 seats on the route annually and the choice to fly to the popular holiday destination six days a week.
Qantas flight QF101 departed Sydney in the morning, marked by celebrations for customers at the gate, including a performance from traditional Fijian warrior dancers.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the new flights were a win for the more than 365,000 Australians who travel to Fiji each year.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in demand for premium holidays to Fiji which is why Qantas is returning after nearly 20 years. Part of this growth has been driven by a wave of new and refurbished luxury properties having opened up on the islands in recent years,” Webster said.
“We’ve had a fantastic response from travellers, with strong demand for the direct flights particularly around the peak school holiday periods. Since we went on sale in January, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of five-star Fiji hotel bookings made online through Qantas Hotels.
“The combination of a Qantas and Jetstar schedule means we can provide more options to a destination that caters to different budgets and tastes, with good interstate connections for passengers travelling from other parts of Australia, and more opportunities for Qantas Frequent Flyer to earn points.”
Customers travelling on Qantas’ new service will be offered a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare, and the option to fly or upgrade to Business Class. Qantas customers travelling on the Jetstar codeshare service will enjoy additional benefits, including the opportunity for Qantas Frequent Flyers to earn points and status credits and a complimentary meal.
Qantas will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi, with Fiji Airways now integrated as a oneworld connect partner.
Lead image: Qantas 737 | Photo Credit : Kurt Ams