Fiji Air­ways launches First Flight to Sin­ga­pore

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Fiji Air­ways’ first flight to Sin­ga­pore’s Changi In­ter­na­tional Air­port was launched in Nadi Tues­day night. A func­tion was held at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port to launch the in­au­gu­ral flight and a wel­come cer­e­mony was held at Changi Air­port in Sin­ga­pore. Fiji Air­ways Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/CEO An­dre Viljoen and Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager Shae­naz Voss were amongst those aboard along with the Fi­jian me­dia. Mr Viljoen said he was happy with the re­sponse to the early flights. He said they are work­ing with Tourism Fiji to pro­mote Fiji as a des­ti­na­tion.

This is the first new coun­try Fiji Air­ways is fly­ing to since 2009 when it launched the new Hong Kong route. Sin­ga­pore, be­ing a hub, opens eas­ier links to other des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing In­dia. Talks are al­ready un­der­stood to be with Air In­dia and Jet Air­ways for code shar­ing with Fiji Air­ways.

If all goes well, this would be a ma­jor boost for this route. Fiji Air­ways an­nounced its de­ci­sion to com­mence twice-weekly di­rect ser­vices Nadi-Sin­ga­pore-Nadi in Novem­ber.

The flights will leave Nadi on Tues­days and Fri­days de­part­ing late night and ar­riv­ing in Sin­ga­pore early morn­ing. The flight times have been sched­uled to suit on­ward con­nec­tions with In­dia and South East Asia. To sup­port the na­tional car­rier in this new en­deav­our to of­fer at­trac­tive tick­et­ing pric­ing, Gov­ern­ment of­fered a sub­sidy of $18 mil­lion in the 2016 Na­tional Bud­get to Fiji Air­ways.


From left: Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager, Fiji Link and Fiji Air­ways Group Cor­po­rate, In­dus­try, In­ter­na­tional and Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs, Shae­naz Voss, Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Fiji Chair­per­son, Lailun Khan and Fiji Air­ways Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, An­dre Viljoen, be­fore


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