SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fiji Airways expects to reach nearly 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of the year, as demand for travel to its tropical Pacific homeland rebounds strongly a senior executive said Tuesday. Strategy, Networks and Alliances, John Checketts. By the end of the year, the New Zealand route will be at 100% capacity, he added.
However, due to travel restrictions, routes to Hong Kong and Japan have been suspended, Checketts said at the CAPA Aviation Centre meeting.
“In terms of capacity, we’re almost at 100% capacity by the end of the year,” Checketts said. “We had to move our capacity to where there was demand.”
Although fares are higher than pre-pandemic levels to help pay for higher fuel costs, but demand has been strong in places like Australia and the US.
“Fares have to go up, and we’ve seen that across the industry,” Checketts said. “Hopefully fuel prices will start to come down and we can stimulate more travel.”