‘Bookings lost, but visitors regained’

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Andre Viljoen speak during the media conference at Nadi International Airport. Picture: FILE

Despite losing bookings days before December 1, new customers booked flights to Fiji onboard Fiji Airways, says managing director Andre Viljoen.

While speaking at a news conference before Fiji welcomed its first group of visitors, Mr Viljoen said they had fully booked flights on the first week of December from Australia and the United States.

“We’ve had a few cancellations, but we’ve had re-bookings so overall, we are still fully booked,” he said. “(On December 1), we have from Sydney, 16 in business and 177 in economy.

“In the evening, 33 in business and 268 in economy and then (on December 2) our Melbourne flight, there’s 18 in business and 107 in economy; our Los Angeles, 28 in business, 269 in economy; our early morning from Sydney, 33 in business, 225 in economy and our Sydney flight which is in a 737 has 108 in business, 129 in economy.

“We have a further Melbourne flight, we have eight in business and 143 in economy.

“These flights are all booked.”

Fiji Airports acting CEO Isei Tudreu said the Nadi International Airport was more than ready to welcome tourists back.

“This is indeed a very important time for us,” he said. “We have been waiting and we are prepared to meet our first visitors.”

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