Fiji Airways begins its first direct Suva-Apia service on Monday June 16, utilising Fiji Link’s brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft.
The start of the twice weekly services mean the airline now offers six flights a week between Fiji and Samoa. The launch was marked at an event in Apia, where Samoan Prime Minister Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was Chief Guest.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Group Managing Director and CEO commented: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce the new and direct services between the two Pacific Capitals. This will greatly benefit tertiary students studying the University campuses in Suva and Apia, as well as the business community in Samoa as well as in Fiji. It is our aim to develop Suva as a key business hub in the region, and increase travel and trade in the South Pacific.”
“Our Five Year Master Plan highlights our commitment and underscores our desire to remain the leading network airline in the region. We are targeting growing our capacity in this region by almost 87%, and the Suva-Apia services are a key part of that plan.”
The direct Suva-Apia flights will be a short-haul service of 2 hours 30 minutes, operating overnight. Flights depart Suva at 10pm on Mondays and Fridays, arriving into Apia at 1:30am the next morning. The Apia-Suva service departs Apia at 2:30am on Tuesdays and Saturdays, arriving in the Fijian capital at 4:20am.
The airline also offers five flights a week from Nadi to Apia, one of which is a continuation flight to Hawaii.