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Fiji Airways connects its latest Australian city as Canberra services begin

The new service to the Australian Capital Territory opens up a new one-stop service to several major destinations via Fiji.

Fiji Airways' Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Canberra this morning.

Fiji Airways has today expanded its Australian network and opened a new market, with the first of a new twice-weekly service from Canberra taking off today.

The new service is also the first non-stop international service to take off from the Australian capital since Singapore Airlines ended direct flights to Canberra in 2020.

After the maiden FJ950 flight today, Fiji Airways’ new service will settle initially into a weekly Tuesday and Friday operation, taking off at 1:35pm and touching down in Nadi at 7:40pm local time, flying on one of the carrier’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

The service will expand to a third flight weekly from 1 October, with Sunday being added to the existing schedule.

Canberra is the fifth Australian destination on the Fiji Airways schedule.

The addition of Canberra to join Fiji Airways’ comprehensive network of direct international services is just another success for the carrier recently named Skytrax Best Airline in Australia and Pacific.

Fiji Airways Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Andre Viljoen, said the carrier is set to deliver an exceptional Fijian experience to guests flying between the two nations.

“The new direct service from Canberra will provide customers with enhanced connectivity and convenience, offering seamless access between the stunning islands of Fiji and the capital city of Australia,” Viljoen said.

Canberra locals now have new one-stop access to a variety of destinations via Fiji.

“It also opens up a new transit point for the people of Canberra to travel onwards to other parts of the world including North America, Vancouver and East Asia.”

Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron, said he was delighted at the launch of the new service and its forthcoming expansion from October.

“The strong forward bookings for this new route are a clear indicator of the demand for international travel both to, and from Canberra,” Byron said.

“This partnership between Fiji Airways, ACT Government and Canberra Airport signifies the return of direct international services to our city and puts Canberra back on the map.”

Traveltalk was invited aboard the inaugural flight, with a full review coming soon.

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Written by: Staff Writers
Published: 21 July 2023

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