Australians who are eager to spend a slice of their Christmas holidays in a tropical paradise will be cheered by the reopening of Fiji's borders and the return of Fiji Airways.
Fiji Airways says the Pacific nation is said to be on track "to have the entire working population fully vaccinated by November," with its borders slated to reopen its borders "before Christmas" and the airline resuming flights to Australia at that time.
The airline's pre-pandemic network connected Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to the tourism gateway of Nadi, on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu; its revised restart schedule is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
However, the websites of both Fiji Airways and its partner Qantas are now both showing flights between Nadi and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all resuming from December 1.
"Our flight schedules will be released immediately following an official announcement by the Government which outlines border requirements and travel framework" promises Fiji Airways' CEO Andre Viljoen.
"One of these (measures) will undoubtedly be that visitors must be fully vaccinated, a position Fiji Airways strongly supports."
Through its Oneworld Connect membership of the Oneworld airline alliance, Fiji Airways offers perks such as lounge access and priority check-in and boarding for Qantas Frequent Flyers.
Qantas and Virgin Australia also include Fiji in their short-range overseas network, with Qantas having already earmarked the resumption of Sydney-Fiji flights from December 21.
Virgin remains keen to spread its domestic-only wings to the likes of New Zealand and Fiji as demand and borders open up, and will be bolstering its fleet to almost pre-pandemic size with nine more Boeing 737 jets slated to arrive from October through to February 2022.
Other pins on Fiji Airways' pre-pandemic map included Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.
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