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Fiji Link Ready for Vaccinated: Fiji Airways CEO Tells

Only fully vaccinated passengers will be allowed to travel on domestic flights once Fiji Link resumes operation. This was said by the Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer
17 Sep 2021 11:00
Fiji Link Ready for Vaccinated: Fiji Airways CEO Tells
One of Fiji Link’s brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Only fully vaccinated passengers will be allowed to travel on domestic flights once Fiji Link resumes operation.

This was said by the Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer

Andre Viljoen in a zoom session yesterday.

With borders re-opening, Mr Viljoen said Fiji Link is ready to start flying.

The first flight would be between Nadi and Suva.

 

Exemptions will be in place for passengers under the age of 18, and those passengers above 18 exempted from vaccination carrying written permission from the Ministry of Health (or equivalent health authority).

All passengers (as applicable) will be required to show their vaccination card confirming their vaccination status in either physical or digital form at the check-in desks for issuance of a boarding pass.

“In the past we were leading the travel ready preparations and programme and we have mandated masks on board for all passengers,” Mr Viljoen said.

He added that they would continue with the other protocols like scanning and distancing.

Fiji Link has also enabled self-scanning of printed or digital (mobile) boarding passes at the boarding gate.

 

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen.

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen.

International Flights
Mr Viljoen said for several months now, Fiji Airways had been targeting December 1 for the resumption of international passengers services.

To assist with that announcement, Fiji Airways had prepared a travel framework of how travel would look like.

“The moment an announcement of a date and the framework is finally announced by the Government as the official framework, we can fly tomorrow, we can fly on October 1, or November 1 or December 1, we are ready for any date,” Mr Viljoen said.

He added that the framework the Fiji Airways team had put together would see countries graded as either a green zone country or red zone country using a traffic light approach.

 

If they a green zone country, the travellers would need to be fully vaccinated and have a PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test before entering Fiji.

However, for a country to be graded as green zone, they need to have a 60 per cent fully vaccinated people in the country, a very low level, like a 5 per cent level of positive COVID cases and no new variant in their country.

When they arrive here, subject to what the Ministry of Health decides, they will be free to travel, unrestricted and they won’t be required to quarantine.

If its a red zone country then travellers arriving will be required to quarantine

“We are ready, travel ready, people ready, everything is ready,” Mr Viljoen said.

 

Recovery Package
Government had allocated a $40m recovery package.

Mr Viljoen said they had been working with major hotels regarding the fund.

“We’ve worked together to create a very anticipating attractive holiday packages to make Fiji very attractive for the first 100k passengers at $400 stipend per passenger.”

 

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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