Fiji reopens borders for international tourism
Australians who are eager to spend some of their Christmas holidays in a tropical paradise will be happy because Fiji has reopened its borders for international tourism, and Fiji Airways has taken advantage of this and is planning to resume international flights to Australia.
Fiji Airways is taking advantage of the fact that the Pacific nation is on the right track and will have "the entire active population fully vaccinated by November", planning to reopen its borders "before Christmas". Thus, the airline will resume flights to Australia at that time.
One of the restrictions will undoubtedly be that visitors must be fully vaccinated.
The airline's pre-pandemic network connected Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with Nadi, on the west side of the main island of Viti Levu. The revised program is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. "Our flight schedule will be published immediately after the official announcement of the Government that will present the restrictions at the border", promises Andre Viljoen, CEO of Fiji Airways.
Due to the airline's membership of the Oneworld alliance, Fiji Airways offers benefits such as lounge access, priority check-in and boarding for Qantas Frequent Flyers. Qantas and Virgin Australia also include Fiji in their network for short-haul flights, with Qantas already looking to resume flights from Sydney to Fiji on 21 December.
Virgin it remains eager to spread its wings to New Zealand and Fiji as demand grows and borders reopen. The company will consolidate its fleet, which will reach almost pre-pandemic dimensions, with nine other Boeing 737 aircraft that will arrive starting with October 2021.