Aviation

Fiji and Vanuatu tee up new codeshare

Hannah Edensor

The national carriers of Fiji and Vanuatu have teamed up to boost flights between the two island nations.

A new codeshare agreement Fiji Airways and Air Vanuatu will see seven flights a week between the two destinations.

Fiji Airways and Air Vanuatu will now offer their customers code-share access on flights to and from Port Vila, as well as interlining capability from each airlines gateway points, further extending their respective networks.

Fiji Airways will place its “FJ” code on Air Vanuatu services from Port Vila to Suva and Nadi, while Air Vanuatu will place its “NF” code on Fiji Airways services from Nadi and Suva to Port Vila.

The agreement will allow customers to purchase flights through all the distribution channels on both airlines, and this new feature will enable passengers to seamlessly travel within the South Pacifiic.

It also extends this seamless experience and connectivity to other popular destinations including Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Fiji Airways’ board director Stefan Pichler said the new codeshare agreement will ensure greater cooperation and opportunities for travel between Fiji and Vanuatu.

“Fiji Airways, as one of the region’s leading airlines, is always on the lookout for partnerships like these which provide benefits to all parties commercially,” he said.

“Further than that, it further strengthens the ties between the Melanesian neighbours. Our customers can now enjoy better access to popular Vanuatu destinations like Port Vila and Santo with the convenience of a single booking.”

Air Vanuatu’s chief executive officer Joseph Laloyer said the two airlines had a long history of delivering exceptional service throughout the Pacific.

“We share common goals – to be leaders in service delivery and to promote our national interests. For Air Vanuatu, this codeshare agreement means more opportunity for overseas holidaymakers to visit Vanuatu, with smooth connections from Asia and North America,” Laloyer said.

Codeshare passengers can travel to destinations serviced by  the two airlines on a single ticket, with onward boarding passes and checked-through baggage to their final destinations (if allowed by respective airports).

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