Agreement to improve connectivity
A CODESHARE agreement signed between Fiji Airways and Solomon Airlines will improve inter-island connectivity in the Pacific.
In a media statement issued yesterday, Fiji Airways chief executive officer and managing director Andre Viljoen said they were very pleased to sign the codeshare agreement with their Melanesian friends and further strengthen their already comprehensive South Pacific network.
The codeshare comes into effect on September 30, 2017 and is for flights between Nadi and Honiara and would see both airlines place their respective ‘FJ’ and ‘IE’ codes on each other’s flights between Nadi and Honiara.
“The region is our home and it makes perfect sense for South Pacific airlines to work together to offer seamless travel options to our people and visitors travelling to Fiji and the Solomon Islands,” said Mr Viljoen.
“Through this partnership we’re opening up an important South Pacific destination — Honiara — to the rest of the world, boosting their tourism and trade potential. Fiji Airways is proud of its leading role in the growth of air travel in the South Pacific.”
Solomon Airlines CEO Brett Gebers said the new codeshare was great news for both airlines, extremely timely and presented a major boost for the Melanesian region’s tourism and business aspirations.
“The new codeshare improves inter-island connectivity in the Pacific and provides Solomon Islanders with another seamless opportunity to connect with the USA and beyond,” he said.
“Improving inter island connectivity is the first step to improving the economy in the Pacific and we value our relationship with Fiji Airways.”
Fiji Airways operates between Nadi and Honiara on Saturdays while Solomon Airlines operates between Honiara and Nadi on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The statement said guests of Solomon Airlines can expect convenient travel and transfer on to Fiji Airways’ network through its Nadi hub to North America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.