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