Changi wins South Pacific link

SINGAPORE, 9 November 2015: Singaporeans will soon be able to enjoy direct flight connections to Fiji in the South Pacific.

Changi Airport and Fiji Airways marked a new milestone Friday with the announcement of nonstop passenger services between Singapore and Fiji, representing Changi Airport’s first direct air link to the South Pacific Islands.

From 5 April 2016, Fiji Airways will operate a twice-weekly service between Nadi and Singapore, using a 273-seat Airbus 330 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The flight time of 10 hours saves travellers at least three hours compared to current flight options, which require a transfer stop in Australia or New Zealand.

Fiji Airways’ new Nadi-Singapore service will open up exciting tourism opportunities. With over 70 city links to Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Changi Airport will provide European and Asian passengers direct flights from Singapore to Fiji.

inside no 5Through this new service, Changi will also offer connections to other exotic Pacific Islands such as Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu through Fiji Airways’ regional network. For travellers from the Pacific Islands, Singapore is not only an attractive tourism destination, but a gateway for onward travel to Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO, Andre Viljoen, said: “We will be flying direct to a destination considered as Asia’s leading hub. Fijians will be able to depart Nadi late night and arrive in Singapore in the morning ready. In addition, most onwards flights to key cities in India, Indonesia and Malaysia are under four hours, which adds to the appeal of flying through Singapore.”

Changi Airport group CEO, Lee Seow Hian, added: “This is a significant milestone for Changi Airport…this certainly adds to Changi’s attractiveness as an air hub. For Fijian travellers, Singapore is already among their top destinations within Southeast Asia, and we believe this is set to grow further.”