Fiji Airways suspends 95% of its international flights

Fiji Airways has made this announcement:

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced that it will suspend all international flights until the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi.

The move follows the unprecedented nature and scale of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing travel demands to plummet due to health concerns and state restrictions.

The almost complete shutdown of all international flights is necessary to respect the various border control restrictions now in place, including from its Nadi hub.

Fiji Airways will operate a daily Nadi-Sydney service until Sunday, March 22, and suspend the service after that. Nadi-Los Angeles return services will operate daily until Sunday, March 22, and will be suspended after the last Los Angeles-Nadi flight returns to Fiji on March 24.

Fiji Airways will operate the last return Auckland-Nadi service on Sunday, March 22. The final South Pacific return services between Nadi or Suva and Nuku’alofa, Honiara and Funafuti will operate on Saturday, March 21.  The final Nadi – Honolulu flight will operate on Sunday, March 22 with the return on Monday.

Return services between Nadi and Brisbane, Melbourne, Christchurch, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo (Narita), Apia, Tarawa, Christmas Island (Kiritimati), Vava’u, San Francisco are suspended immediately.

Return services between Suva and Sydney, Auckland and Port Vila, along with services between Apia-Honolulu and Christmas Island (Kiritimati)-Honolulu are also suspended with immediate effect.

The suspensions are in place until the end of May, and may be extended further if travel restrictions remain in place. Working with foreign embassies and Governments, Fiji Airways will mount one-off recovery flights on an ad-hoc basis during the suspension period as necessary to allow citizens/residents to return home or to their point of origin. Recovery services to/from Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong are planned for March 27 and March 29 respectively.

The affected flights are being cancelled now. Fiji Link’s domestic services will continue as scheduled for now, and may be reduced depending on demand.

Apart from the above Narita and Hong Kong recovery services, the airline will be running some supplementary recovery flights to Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles for any remaining passengers wanting to get back to their countries, as well as bring back home any Fijian nationals still in those cities.

These supplementary flight schedules are:

From/To Flight number Departure Date Departure Time
Nadi-Sydney FJ1917 Saturday 21st March 10am
  FJ1917 Sunday 22nd March 10am
Sydney-Nadi FJ1916 Saturday 21st March 2:50pm
  FJ1916 Sunday 22nd March 2:50pm
Nadi-Auckland FJ1415 Sunday 22nd March 9:30am
Auckland-Nadi FJ1414 Sunday 22nd March 2:40pm
Nadi-Los Angeles FJ1813 Monday 23rd March 7:00am
Los Angeles-Nadi FJ1812 Monday 23rd March 2:25pm

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