Inaugural flight to New Caledonia; national airline now services 26 international destinations

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Fijian Drua players and Fiji Airways staff at the launch of the inaugural flight to New Caledonia . Picture: SUPPLIED

National airline Fiji Airways began its first commercial flights to New Caledonia yesterday.

The inaugural flight will be the first of two weekly flights by Fiji Airways between Nadi International Airport and La Tontouta International Airport in Noumea.

Company Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andre Viljoen said New Caledonia has great potential, especially for our transit guests.

“I’m delighted to welcome New Caledonia to the growing list of international destinations that Fiji Airways serves out of our hub in Nadi. There is a growing demand for connectivity across the Pacific and indeed the world, and we stand ready to fill this need when and where possible,” Mr Viljoen said.

The National Airline which now services 26 international destinations will provide twice weekly services every Monday and Thursday between Nadi and Noumea, with flights timed to connect seamlessly with our onward global connections.

“New Caledonia being a French territory, there is a lot of traffic between France and Noumea. We are in a unique position to provide seamless travel options via our flights to North America and Asia and codeshare thereon.

We have also vastly enhanced regional connectivity, offering the most comprehensive network across the Pacific with regular flights and seamless onward connections,” Mr Vijoen said.

Fiji Airways is also looking forward to increased travel between Nadi and New Caledonia as these direct flights open up new tourism opportunities in both countries.