Fiji Airways, Fiji's national airline, will launch twice-weekly service on April 2 to Vava'u, the northern island group of the Pacific nation of Tonga,...

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, will launch twice-weekly service on April 2 to Vava’u, the northern island group of the Pacific nation of Tonga, from its hub at Nadi International Airport on the Fijian island of Viti Levu.

The carrier will use 68-seat ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners to serve the Nadi-Vava’u route. The aircraft are operated by its Fiji Link regional subsidiary.


Fiji Link, Fiji Airways' domestic and regional subsidiary, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in early June 2014, on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC

Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ domestic and regional subsidiary, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in early June 2014, on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC

 

Tickets for the new service are now available for purchase and can be purchased at www.fijiairways.com, or by calling the Fiji Airways Global Reservations Centre.

“The new route offers a seamless addition to Fiji Airways’ South Pacific network,” said Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways’ managing director and CEO.

Added Viljoen: “The Tongan culture is guided by values that are rooted in family and respect; visitors are treated more like family than tourists. This ethos is aligned with Fiji Airways’ mission – just as we welcome you to our home when you step on board, Tongans welcome you to their tropical paradise when you arrive.”

Fiji Airways’ schedule for the Nadi-Vava’u route calls for flight FJ275 to depart Nadi International Airport (IATA code NAN) at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday from April 2 and land at Vava’u International Airport (VAV) on the island of ʻUtu Vavaʻu at 11:10 a.m. local time.

Vava’u International Airport is located just over six miles north of Neiafu, the capital of Vava’u District, which is composed of more than 60 islands and is regarded as a tropical-island paradise.

In the other direction, flight FJ274 will leave VAV at 4:00 p.m. every Satruday and Wednesday and touch down at NAN at 5:20 p.m. local time.

According to Fiji Airways, this flight schedule will offer easy connectivity at Nadi from Fiji Airways’ international gateways, with especially short connection time for travelers from North America arriving on the carrier’s flights to Nadi from its gateways at Honolulu and Los Angeles.

However, Fiji Airways’ schedule for its two flights to Nadi a week from San Francisco indicates that only one of the flights (which departs San Francisco on Thursdays) is suitable for making a quick connection to Vava’u.

Passengers traveling on the other flight, which departs San Francisco on Sundays, would have to wait an entire day in Fiji before being able to connect at Nadi for the Vava’u flight on Wednesdays.

Vava’u is located 568 miles southeast of Nadi on Viti Levu. Vava’u, Tonga’s northernmost archipelago, has more than 60 islands, which offer coral gardens, remote beaches, and beautiful lagoons.

Typical tourism activities for visitors to Vava’u include year-round snorkeling, kayaking, off-road trekking, kite surfing, sailing, diving, and game fishing.

But Vava’u’s most popular attraction is whale watching, according to Fiji Airways. From June to November, visitors can observe and even swim with humpback whales which have returned to care for their young in Tonga’s warm waters.

To find out more about Vava’u and its tourism facilities, visit www.tongaholiday.com/islands/vavau.

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