Fiji is experiencing an upswing in tourism as new flights into Nadi proliferate. In September 2009 Fiji received 54,981 visitors, an increase of 4.5 percent over September 2008. Just today Continental Airlines inaugurated its two weekly B737 flights from Guam to Nadi with onward connections to/from eight airports in Japan. On December 3, 2009, the first Air Pacific flight arrived in Hong Kong, offering Chinese tourists their first direct access to Fiji. Pacific Blue has started direct services to Fiji from Adelaide and Melbourne, and Air Pacific, V-Australia, and Jetstar all have new Australia-Fiji flights in the pipeline. On March 29, 2010, the Australian budget carrier Jetstar will begin operating four A320 flights a week between Sydney and Nadi with connections to/from many Australian cities. Advance Jetstar bookings are now being taken at only $149 Australian one way.
For North Americans, the big news is Continental Airlines’ new twice-weekly flight from Honolulu to Nadi which also launches today. Of course, Honolulu is easily accessible from almost everywhere in North America and Europe, giving northern hemisphere travelers an alternative to transiting Los Angeles. Air Pacific also flies between Hawaii and Fiji via Apia, Samoa. And of course, Air Pacific remains the big carrier between North America and Fiji with almost daily flights between Los Angeles and Nadi. Air New Zealand is almost out of the picture with only an Air Pacific codeshare arrangement from LAX still going.