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Talks With Air India For Code Sharing With Fiji Airways

Discussions are underway at Government level between Fiji and India for the possibility of a code-sharing agreement between Fiji Airways and Air India. Our Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism,
07 Feb 2015 10:28
Talks With Air India For Code Sharing With Fiji Airways
An Air India Airbus A380.

Discussions are underway at Government level between Fiji and India for the possibility of a code-sharing agreement between Fiji Airways and Air India.

Our Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, made these comments to TravelBiz Monitor whilst in India.

Mr Koya stressed the Fijian government is working on all options to improve air connectivity with India.

Currently, Indians can fly to Fiji through Hong Kong (Fiji Airways flies direct to Hong Kong), Australia and New Zealand.

“Discussions are underway at the government level to improve connectivity, including code-sharing with Air India Ltd,” he said.

Mr Koya further said that Fiji Airways is looking at starting a route to Singapore with the procurement of an Airbus 330.

 

Convention Bureau

Meanwhile, the Convention Bureau set up by Fiji to promote more MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions) travel will have its own dedicated website by the month end.

This was also confirmed by Mr Koya who added the government has been investing in physical infrastructure for handling groups.

He said the Fijian government is also planning to increase the number of vehicles, including luxury cars and buses, for better handling of big groups.

Tourism Fiji director of Events and MICE, Sally Cooper, stressed Fiji offers a range of opportunities for small and big incentives and meetings programmes.

“Groups can book the entire island exclusively for themselves for various programmes,” she said.

While Fiji gets a lot of MICE traffic from regional destinations of New Zealand, and Australia, Ms Cooper said long-haul markets like North America and India hold a lot of scope for the country in terms of actual yield.

“One incentive programme from North America and India is equivalent to two programmes from New Zealand and Australia in dollar terms,” she said.

 

 Filming destination

Ms Cooper indicated a delegation from Film Fiji will also be visiting India this month for meeting the industry there and exploring potential to lure Indian film production houses.

 



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