Fiji Airways to resume Australian flights in December

This could prove to be perfect timing for that long-awaited getaway.

By David Flynn, September 1 2021
Fiji Airways to resume Australian flights in December

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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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 662

Being fully vaccinated, and booked in for Fiji from the 2nd of January 2022 this comes as a saviour. I'm sure Fiji will be the go to designation for people from NSW as we probably won't be able to cross any state borders just international ones.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

Great News. Am booked to go to Hawaii at Christmas but I suspect Fiji will be a more realistic option. Yippee  

08 May 2020

Total posts 65

Hopefully Vanuatu opens up at the same time It will be a good island hopping trip, if New Caledonia is also open. 

Anna upset me so I wont waste Money there.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

05 Nov 2014

Total posts 45

You do realise that Fiji has lost control of the Pandemic?

I fear that a large number of lazy people desperate for a holiday are going to give Fiji Airways an interest free loan!

nouflyer - it's not about case numbers it's about vaccination numbers. UK has been having daily new case numbers of 25,000 to 35,000 but very few deaths & not many people are going to hospital.

I might fly to USA via Fiji. Incredibly cheap cf. other airlines & the A350 business class is the best around, as told to me, by those who have flown it.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Regular the hospitalisation rate is Moree than a few people it is around 1000. 2-3% of a very large number is still a large number. And being sick at home wth covid is not much fun. 

paterick

many who get covid don't even know it or don't get even the slightest bit sick & don't need to go to hospital

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Regular my issue is those that do need to go to hospital which is around 5% (at 70% vaccination rate from the UK experience) and those that need medically supervised home care is mech greater, probably around 10% of cases. A small percentage of a very large number is still a large number hence the need for home quarantine and for Fiji to be very careful. The issue is not those that don't get the slightest bit sick but those that do.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 168

Quote from Jeremy Clarkson. “I did not battle Covid, I sat down with a book until it went away”

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2020

Total posts 23

When the population is mostly vaccinated you need to move away from case numbers as the cases will be less severe due to the population being vaccinated.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 444

Yes, post vaccination, the "positive case" figures are meaningless. The metrics that matter are hospitalisations and deaths.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

John not sure the figures are meaningless. In places with very high vaccination rates they still need testing to see prevalence for public health reasons. The vaccines are good but not perfect so there will still be people getting quite sick and having long covid, which will be a continuing public health issue.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

John,  the other point is people are receiving hospital led care in their home in NSW 650 in hospital and 2300 hospital led care in homes that is a daily or twice daily call to a nurse to report ‘vitals’, so the issue of what to report can get murky.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 168

Quite right John. Daily case number figures have been meaningless for a long, long time. They drive all the wrong behaviours.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Not sure they are meaningless to health experts as they are a predictor of health resources required a little while later and also a good way to encourage people to get tested which helps in my first point.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 168

They are meaningless as a number to be broadcast to the general public. Who cares if it’s 1 or 1000? Nothing will change until the government get “their” vaccination rates. So all we need is that number. 

think Scomo has been told. If he doesn't open int borders, there'll be shooting in the streets.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Richard we also need high testing rates and infection numbers certainly help in encouraging people to get tested. Otherwise it is surveillance testing which is much harder to organise. Having a good sense of so called breakthrough cases (those fully vaccinated and positive) and under hospital care or not  is important to know.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 131

We're being told by the experts that vaccination does not prevent someone from carrying and shedding the virus, often without symptoms. That seems quite a risk in terms of travel to Fiji, where the virus seems very much at large and happy to be carried by suitable hosts. What are the odds of a vaccinated spreader wreaking havoc in Australia on return from their Fiji holiday? Surely a negative test before boarding the return flight should be a given?

tommy

not talking about flying to USA via Fiji today, but in just under 4 months, when supposedly both Australia & Fiji will be well over the 80% double jabbed.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 131

80% is a great number but it's a bit illusory. Firstly, it refers only to those eligible for a jab: there's a big cohort of kids out there who are not eligible, not counted in the 80% and are very much at risk in a spreading event. Secondly, getting to 80% double jabbed is not going to be easy: 10% of those surveyed say they definitely will not get a jab and another 10% say they are cautious or undecided. Only one country in the world, the UAE, has achieved 80% full vaccination so far. Thirdly, there are experts saying 80% would be enough to contain Alpha but not Delta, the latter requiring 90%  I'm as keen as anyone for relaxation of restrictions but...

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 131

Correction: "...one country...of more than a million people..."

when those who haven't been vaxxed realise they can't do "ANYTHING" they will get their shots. Delta is only marginally more virulent than Alpha. (not 1000s of % more virulent like the media like to make out)

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 131

I don't disagree about motives to get vaccinated. This from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control regarding virulence of Delta:  "more transmissible than the common cold and influenza, as well as the viruses that cause smallpox, MERS, SARS, and Ebola—and as contagious as chickenpox".

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Tommygun it is about as virulent as chicken pox it seems, which is probably a but more than 'marginally'.

08 May 2020

Total posts 65

Standard controls such as fully vaccinated Passport & negative test prior departure and possible a rapid test on arrival will be very common to any destination in 2022/23 It may even trigger that preflight Visas become necessary again for Authorities to do traveller checks prior arrival.

JJ1
JJ1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2015

Total posts 10

After 3 cancelled family holidays to Queensland 2020/2021 and with no confidence in the QLD government to open up their state we are now looking at options for Fiji for January. This is great news 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 168

Fiji - bring it on. To anyone who is commenting on what that may mean for the Fijian people, that's nothing to do with you. If the Fijian government decide it's good for them, then that's their decision. If you disagree, don't go!

yes if Fiji don't get tourists soon, China will move in with dodgy loans.

31 Aug 2021

Total posts 4

Can't see it happening until middle of '22 if at all if Mu has anything to say about it..

Mu ? International borders nothing to do with premiers luckily

last time I looked Fiji Air are showing daily flights SYD/LAX/SYD.

Direct on new A350 - 6 days a week. Tuesdays A350 NAN/SYD & SYD/NAN & A332 or A333 NAN/LAX/NAN on Tuesdays. 5 days a week BNE/LAX/BNE connects. MEL/LAX/MEL a few days a week connects, plus all the options to SFO.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 954

Chances are flights to Fiji when they commence will be on a green zone basis meaning you cannot visit any other country.  There will be no transit passengers allowed.  

Any initial arrangement with SIN will be the same with green flights being restricted to only those commencing their flights in SIN or AU and you have to have been in your originating country for at least the previous 7 days.

Hopefully this will only be a short term restriction with transitting from other green-zone countries allowed in the medium term.

believe transit passengers will be allowed in Fiji, but, unlike previously, you won't be able to leave the airport.

Previously many passengers from BNE to LAX or SFO who had 3 or 4 hours to kill at NAN, would leave the airport, go to a nearby hotel (some very close, ie. 250m walk), have a swim etc. get a room for a few hours, have a shower. This might not be permitted.

31 Mar 2014

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This thread is proof on why most articles have comments turned off now.

07 May 2020

Total posts 136

John Phelan...there is always a correlation between a confirmed +ve case and hospitalisation. The problem is that at any point in time you will never even get close to knowing what the infection no is unless you test everybody everyday. On the other hand you can always count the no of people in a hospital bed. Testing people indiscriminately without any symptoms has always been a foolish yet extremely expensive exercise. It has diverted hundreds of millions of dollars away from the hospital system. I am sure in time that this massive wastage of taxpayers money will be recognised. But it will be too late.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 168

$40 million a day on testing! Are we mad? Imagine all the money wasted over the last 18 months being spent on hospitals and education. 

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Richard without testing we would be spending far more a day than that on health alone. You have to know where a disease is to treat it.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

GoRobin what you refer to is surveillance testing (those with no symptoms or contact) which I think has been stopped and never really took off. Most testing is for those with symptoms or contacts, which makes perfect sense.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 662

@Glady ; If they do open up the international borders to vaccinated travellers I want some assurance from NSW and the Federal Government that they won't block us from coming home if there is an outbreak. I've heard stories of Aussies going to New Zealand and are still stuck there due to the bubble closing before they could get home. Imagine being stuck in Fiji for 6 months or some other country. 

TAA

of course they will. Can you imagine what would happen to Scomo if Feds tried that on ? Scomo wants to win election, which I believe has to be by March 2022 at latest.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Regular I think it is May. Soem are talking an early give-away budget then an election in May straight after like they did last time.

patrick

it's now looking like flights to Fiji will commence in November not December 2021 as Fiji cranks up vaccinations. Whether Fiji Airways, Qantas & Jetstar will who knows. Wonder when Virgin are planning to go back to Fiji ?

As Bali will probably be a non-starter until way into 2022, Fiji might boom !!!


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