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Published on : Monday, July 18, 2016
The national airline of Fiji known as Fiji Airways has decided to launch direct flights from Fiji’s Nadi region to San Francisco in the US that would operate twice per week. The flights operating during the months of June, July, August, December 2016 and January 2017 would leave Nadi International Airport and reach San Francisco International Airport on Sundays and Thursdays.
Andre Viljoen, CEO and Director, Fiji Airways said that the proposed new route would expand the reach of the airways in North America thereby creating new connections to Canadian and US cities.
He said that Fiji Airways is proud to declare this new service that would enable customers of Fiji to enjoy a direct connection to San Francisco for the purpose of holidaying and leisure. He also said that for the people of San Francisco, the new route would let them travel to their favorite tourist locales.
This flight is scheduled to leave Nadi at 9 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays and would arrive in San Francisco at 12.30 p.m. on the very same day. On the other hand, the flight from San Francisco to Nadi would depart on Sundays and Thursdays at 11 p.m. and reach Nadi at 5 a.m.
The A330 aircraft would be utilized for this purpose, offering business travel and economy class facilities to passengers. These flights from Nadi to San Francisco are well-equipped with beverages, meals, entertainment and checked baggage.
This kind of a direct flight service has also benefitted members of Tongan and Samoan communities alongside helping the Fijian community. It would provide them a one-stop flight to their homeland.
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Public Enterprises and Civil Aviation and Attorney General said that the direct flight services to the region on San Francisco would make Fiji an important hub of the Pacific.
He further added that the flight service would offer communication to Samoa, Tonga, Auckland, Christchurch, Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Wellington, Sydney, Singapore and Los Angeles, enhancing economic opportunities for Fiji.
He even said that the new services would create fresh employment opportunities for pilots and crew members.