Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andre Viljoen, said the destination will be the 20th direct international service provided by the carrier’s world class fleet.
He said the airline has managed to introduce a new market because of the company’s strong rebound since borders opened on December 1st, 2021.
“This is a very exciting development as we continue to explore ways to maximize returns not just for Fiji Airways but for the tourism industry and the Fijian economy,” Viljoen said.
“Canada represents a new market with immense potential for tourism, trade and of course re-connecting Fijian families.
“The Fijian diaspora in Canada is approximately 80,000 – people who have not been able to see their loved ones for two years and are eager to fly home. Fiji Airways now provides them with a more convenient means to do just that,” he said.
Viljoen said the national carrier is also strategizing for the long term with a robust business model that ensures that Fiji Airways is able to meet future challenges and continue to bring in revenue.
“Returning to the skies doesn’t just mean resuming existing routes. If we are to strengthen ourselves and grow as a business, we must invest in new markets and solidify our networks. Vancouver was the ideal choice for us.”
To celebrate the launch, Fiji Airways are now offering a limited number of seats at an introductory return fare of FJ$1,299 between Nadi and Vancouver for those wanting to fly from November onwards.
“Our new route is strategically timed to offer Canadians an escape from the cold winter to a beautiful Fijian paradise, promising warm tropical weather, world class hospitality by our tourism sector, excellent in-flight service with our cabin crew and a comfortable modern fleet of aircraft,” Viljoen said.
Fiji Airways will fly direct to and from Vancouver twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
Additional benefits such as the My Bubble and My Island seating arrangements allow passengers to purchase an extra seat or row respectively in economy for extra space and comfort. My Island comes with a mattress topper, Business class pillow, additional blanket and seat belt extension.