Just over a month after the resumption of flights to Hong Kong, Fiji Airways has confirmed a fourth service will be added to the route from October 1, 2023.

The national airline re-started with two direct flights between Nadi and Hong Kong on April 1, with a third service from August.

All flights are onboard Airbus A330 aircraft, featuring 24 angled-flat business class seats across a 2-2-2 configuration and standard economy in a 2-4-2 setup.

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer, Andre Viljoen, says demand on the route has picked up swiftly, enabling the airline to provide four flights a week from October.

“Hong Kong has traditionally been a strong link for us as the main gateway into China. We are pleased with how well this market has picked up in a short amount of time. With these flights, Fiji Airways is able to carry goods between Fiji and China, improving trade and economic activity.”

“Our forward bookings for Hong Kong for the next six months are 15 per cent ahead of 2019. Based on this, the National Airline is confident that a fourth service will also do well.”

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Fiji Airways had five flights a week to and from Hong Kong and Viljoen says the airline is committed to returning to pre-Covid levels before soon.

“We have to put in the hard yards and rebuild connections in Hong Kong and China, and capture the attention of customers. Recently, we held a roadshow in China visiting key locations and engaging with trade and media partners. I am confident that a fifth service is possible when the time is right.”

Flights between Nadi and Hong Kong are currently every Monday and Thursday. The third service from August will add Saturday flights with Sunday services from October.