South Pacific travel boost: Fiji Airways adds New Caledonia’s capital Noumea to growing global network

by James Wilkinson

Fiji Airways is adding New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, as the award-winning South Pacific carrier’s newest international destination.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andre Viljoen, said the company confirms that Fiji has an existing Air Service Agreement (ASA) which allows Fiji Airways to provide services in French territories.

“Based on this agreement, we were able to negotiate with our counterparts in New Caledonia and select a date for the commencement of services between Nadi and Noumea,” he said. “We at Fiji Airways are very excited about the prospects of this new route.”

The first flight to La Tontouta International Airport in Noumea will be on Thursday 30th November and starting 7th December, the national carrier will fly twice weekly, every Monday and Thursday.

Viljoen said Nadi is the perfect hub for guests out of New Caledonia, providing a comprehensive network of onward connections to North America, Asia, as well as other Pacific Island countries.

“Furthermore, thanks to our codeshare partners, we can connect New Caledonians to more than 100 destinations around the world,” he said. “At Fiji Airways, we have consistently strived to expand our regional services because we see ourselves connecting not just Fiji – but the Pacific to the rest of the world.”

With the introduction of these new services, Fiji Airways will be flying directly to 26 destinations around the world and Noumea is the third new market added to the carrier’s network since international borders opened in December 2021.

“We have adopted a robust growth plan with ongoing efforts to add more routes to the network. This is part of our strategic plan to increase revenue and ensure the long term sustainability of the airline,” Viljoen said.

The airline brings in 70 percent of all visitor arrivals into Fiji, and is the largest foreign exchange earner for the economy.