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Aircalin Announces Favourable Arpil Passenger Growth

May 29, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Aircalin experienced a 40% growth in passenger numbers in April 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Although Easter was a contributor to the favourable rise of passengers, the number still shows that more Australians are discovering New Caledonia, with strong growth in 2017 reflecting Australia as the second largest market in New Caledonia after France. With a flight time of just over 2 hours from Brisbane, under 3 hours from Sydney and less than 4 hours from Melbourne flying direct with Aircalin, there is a steady rise of Australians recognising that New Caledonia is a very viable option as a short haul or mini-break destination.

The increase of awareness can be attributed to strong visible in-market campaigns distinguishing New Caledonia from other destinations. Chris Thistlethwaite, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said, “The biggest growth in bookings in 2017 has come from travel agents, which demonstrates that more and more are becoming increasingly confident in selling New Caledonia to clients interested in visiting the South Pacific.”

The significant growth of interest in travelling to New Caledonia echoes the increased awareness that it is in fact the closest South Pacific destination to Australia, boasting enticing unique natural beauty and variety of activities, not forgetting the incredible blend of French and Melanesian culture. In addition to these contributing factors, there is a favourable exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the French Pacific Franc, challenging the perception that New Caledonia is an ‘expensive’ destination. For more information about Aircalin service visit or contact reservation on Phone: 1300 655 737 or Email:

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