Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Virgin Australia is promoting the resumption of flights between Australia and Fiji by a week after the latter announced its plan to reopen tourism.

Flights begin between Australia and Fiji on 16 December as opposed to the originally marked date of 23 December.

The Sydney to Nadi route will be the first to open, followed by Melbourne to Nadi on 17 December and Brisbane to Nadi on 18 December.

It will be the first international aircraft operated under the relaunched airline, a spokesman said in a statement.

“We are pleased to be able to continue the resumption of our Fiji services to better match the start of the summer holiday period, making it easier for travelers to get to their destination before Christmas.

A Virgin Australia aircraft on the runway at Sydney's largest international airport.
A Virgin Australia aircraft on the runway at Sydney’s largest international airport. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

“We know Australians are excited to finally be able to travel abroad again, as evidenced by the strong booking needs we have experienced for our Fiji flights since the federal government announced the roadmap for reopening Australia to the world earlier this month.

“Our first short-distance international service to Nadi will leave Sydney on December 16, 2021 and will be a major milestone for the relaunched Virgin Australia and New South Wales residents who have spent many of the last few months in lockdown.”

Fiji announced on Sunday that it would open to a number of countries, including Australia, from 1 December.

It followed that the country reached the milestone of 80 percent of the vaccine three weeks ahead of schedule.

Palm trees over the beach on Plantation Island, Fiji.  File image.
Palm trees over the beach on Plantation Island, Fiji. File image. Credit: Getty Images

Travelers still need to complete several COVID-19 requirements, including being fully vaccinated and having a negative test within 72 hours of departure.

New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, most Pacific Island countries and parts of the United States are the other countries included in the December reopening plan.

“It is almost two years since we received international visitors,” said Fiji Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya.

“And in these two years we have struggled, we have adapted and we have prepared. Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and travel providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. ”

Australia’s travel ban expires for states with 80 per cent double vaccination coverage in November.

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