Air New Zealand has today announced that it will commence a new direct service from Wellington to Nadi, Fiji from 20 November 2004.
The announcement is further good news for New Zealanders looking for convenient travel to the Pacific Islands, following on from the airline's decision last week to introduce a new service from Christchurch to Rarotonga in December.
The non-stop service to Nadi will fly weekly on a Saturday and be operated by a 146 seat A320 aircraft.
Convenient flight times will see the service leave Wellington at 4.40pm on Saturday, arriving into Nadi at 7.25pm. The return flight departs Nadi at 8.45am on Sunday and arrives into Wellington at 1.30pm.
Air New Zealand Group General Manager Marketing, Network and Sales, Norm Thompson says the announcement is a result of close evaluation of potential new routes.
"Since the launch of Pacific Express earlier this year we have seen a 53% increase in passenger numbers from the lower North Island and upper South Island to Fiji.
"Our lower fares have dramatically increased demand, and with the introduction of our new A320 fleet we're very pleased to be able to fulfil that need by opening up new routes."
No other airline is operating a Wellington to Nadi service.
Standard Pacific Express Economy Class fares for the new service are on sale from Tuesday 24th August and will start at NZ$279 one-way (plus applicable levies and taxes), the same as existing fares currently available for Wellington passengers flying via Auckland. Business Class fares are from $639 one-way (plus applicable taxes and levies).
The Wellington to Nadi service provides good connections with domestic services and also with flights to and from Melbourne.
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