Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Air Vanuatu commences Suva-Vila direct flights

Media release: A new direct flight between Port Vila and Suva operated by Air Vanuatu has been hailed a success, with tickets selling fast for the new service. Chief Executive Officer of Air Vanuatu Joseph Laloyer said he was delighted with the forward bookings for the weekly service and grateful for the assistance the Fijian authorities had offered in getting the flight off the ground. Mr. Laloyer said Air Vanuatu saw a market for Fiji-Vanuatu business and student travelers with no carrier offering direct services between the two capital cities. “Many business travelers have been forced to either drive between Nadi and Suva, or catch a domestic flight at great expense. Not to mention the extra time it takes to get home; with Air Vanuatu’s great, low fares and terrific on board service, we’re seeing students, business travelers and tourists booking the new service.” Mr. Laloyer said the airline’s ATR-72 aircraft is operating the new flights. “The 68 seat ATR is the perfect aircraft to operate the short service.” The new Fiji service, which began on 01 July will departs Port Vila at 0730, arriving in to Suva at 1100 local time. The return flight departs Fiji at 1200, arriving in to Vila at 1330. “We appreciate our passengers want to spend less time traveling from A to B – and this means not wanting to take two flights just to get to a neighbouring island. Direct flights make sense, and we’re really proud to be the only carrier offering this service,” Mr. Laloyer said.