Air­line chief ap­peals to trade part­ners to start ex­plor­ing Fiji with new Sin­ga­pore route

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Fiji Air­ways man­ag­ing di­rec­tor/chief ex­ec­u­tive, An­dre Viljoen, has ap­pealed to the trade part­ners and stake­hold­ers in Sin­ga­pore to ex­plore in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in and with Fiji. He made these com­ments on Wed­nes­day night at the Pan Pa­cific Ho­tel dur­ing an event held to wel­come the in­au­gu­ral Nadi-Sin­ga­pore-Nadi twice weekly flight.

“This strate­gic devel­op­ment of Fiji Air­ways fly­ing to Sin­ga­pore will be more than just bring­ing tourists,” Mr Viljoen said. “We are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing a very im­por­tant trade link and com­mer­cial devel­op­ment that Fiji will also ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I would like to ap­peal to trade part­ners here to­day - please come to Fiji - we are happy to pro­vide fa­mil­iari­sa­tion ex­pe­ri­ence - come and ex­pe­ri­ence it.

“Tell your cus­tomers it is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for your hol­i­days.”

Un­for­tu­nately the in­au­gu­ral flight from Sin­ga­pore to Nadi was post­poned yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the bad weather con­di­tions as a re­sult of Cy­clone Zena which was af­fect­ing the coun­try.

About Sin­ga­pore

Mr Viljoen fur­ther high­lighted: “We all know that Sin­ga­pore is one of the world’s tremen­dous hub and eco­nomic pow­er­house. “56 mil­lion peo­ple go through Changi Air­port yearly; it is no ques­tion what this of­fers for the tourism po­ten­tial for Fiji. “We are a ma­jor air­line in the South Pa­cific con­nect­ing most of the coun­tries through Nadi and this cor­ri­dor is very im­por­tant.”

For Changi Air­port

Mean­while CEO of Changi Air­port Group, Lee Seow Hi­ang, said: “Fiji Air­ways new ser­vice into Changi marks a new mile­stone for us as it con­nects Sin­ga­pore to the heart of the South Pa­cific in Nadi. “Fiji Air­ways presents seam­less con­nec­tions for us to cer­tain other South Pa­cific des­ti­na­tions such as Samoa, Solomon Is­lands, Tonga, Van­u­atu, Last year Fiji re­ceived over 750,000 vis­i­tors. That rep­re­sents a big growth over the pre­ced­ing year. “This new Sin­ga­pore ser­vice by Fiji Air­ways will fur­ther at­tract peo­ple to use this ser­vice con­nect­ing them to South East Asia etc.”

Photo: RACHNA LAL

From left: Sin­ga­pore High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Vergh­ese Matthews, Fiji High Com­mis­sioner to Sin­ga­pore, Seremaia Cavuilati, Fiji Air­ways Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, An­dre Viljoen, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Changi Air­port

Group, Lee Seow Hi­ang, Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Fiji Chair­per­son, Lailun Khan and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Sin­ga­pore Civil Avi­a­tion, Kevin Shun cel­e­brate the launch of Fiji Air­ways di­rect flights in and out of Sin­ga­pore.

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