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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Virgin Blue Announces Fiji Flight Frenzy

Pacific Blue Airlines is increasing its international route network, announcing plans to begin non-stop services between Adelaide and Fiji and also Melbourne and Fiji. The carrier will begin the flights from Thursday 4 June 2009 increasing its capacity in and out of Fiji by 25%.
It follows ongoing demand for the existing Pacific Blue connecting services via Sydney and Brisbane and is part of the airline’s strategy to serve markets which experience strong support from travellers.

Virgin Blue has today launched a special “Fiji Frenzy” AUD$249 ADL-NAN, and AUD$239 MEL-NAN* one-way Internet sale fare on both routes, which is available now until 2nd April 2009, for travel between 04 June 2009 and 25th June 2009, and 21 July to 31 August 2009 or until sold out.

Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said “We are very pleased to be committing aircraft to the Fiji market where we see continuing opportunities to stimulate the market with more direct flights and affordable fares. We welcome the chance to provide a further boost to tourism to a destination that has attracted consistent demand in terms of our existing services.”

The new non-stop flight will be a major boost for Fiji tourism as it will provide a brand new pool of potential visitors from Adelaide and will be the first time an airline will offer a direct service from South Australia to Fiji.

Brett Godfrey added, “The new service offers a more convenient non-stop flying option to Fiji for the people of Adelaide and Melbourne. As a South Pacific neighbour, Fiji is a highly attractive holiday option, in particular when people are looking to travel closer to home for short breaks, something we have seen a strong trend towards in recent months.”

For Adelaide, Fiji will be the second direct International destination on offer, following hot on the heels of the November launch of a direct twice weekly flight from Adelaide to Bali (Denpasar).

Brett Godfrey added, “The success of our Fiji services from Brisbane and Sydney has been a strong incentive for us to introduce additional non stop services. Our strategy dovetails with Tourism Fiji’s to target visitors from new source markets and offer non-stop flights and affordable fares combined with excellent accommodation deals to this beautiful country.”

For Melbourne travellers it means a convenient direct service with a travel friendly departure time from Melbourne of 9.05am and mid afternoon arrival in to Fiji in time to enjoy a sunset cocktail or round of golf.

ADELAIDE-FIJI DJ 105 depart 9:05am arrive 4:40pm Friday & Sunday from 5 June SALE FARES FROM $249* One way

MELBOURNE-FIJI DJ107 depart 9:05am arrive 3:50pm Thursday & Saturday from 4 June SALE FARES FROM $239* One way

* Subject to regulatory approval. All fares are subject to availability, are for one way travel and include taxes, fares and surcharges. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one way on the net or $15 more by phone. A credit card surcharge of $5 per person per one way flight is applicable for flights internationally. Fares are correct as at March 19 2009 and are subject to change. International return fare may vary with the addition of local taxes and charges.

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