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New developments in wind for Fiji as cyclone misses

February 16, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas has applied for more seats for Jetstar on the Fiji route; local airlines there are waiting for new aircraft, and in other good news on the Fiji front, a powerful cyclone has spared the destination.

Qantas has asked the International Air Services Commission (IASC) to allocate 258 seats per week on the Fiji route so Jetstar can introduce additional services between Australia and Fiji, using A320 or A321 aircraft.

The allocation is requested for a period of five years from the date of the determination and the capacity will be fully used by 31 December 2018.

Meanwhile, Northern Air, which currently flies to Suva, Taveuni, Savu Savu, Labasa, Levuksa and Moala with a fleet of six planes, has announced that two more aircraft are on the way.

Fiji Airways welcomes new Twin Otter

The Fiji Airways Group is expanding too, welcoming a second new Viking DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft to the Fiji Link fleet recently. A third aircraft of the same type is expected to arrive in March.

Cyclone Gita passed over Fiji’s southern Lau islands earlier this week, but fortunately damage was limited. Tourism infrastructure and main population centres escaped unscathed.

Not so lucky was Tonga, which was hit hard by the same cyclone, the most powerful ever recorded in the kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. Many houses were destroyed and the Tongan parliament flattened.

Military aircraft from New Zealand have flown emergency supplies there.

Written by Peter Needham

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