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Nadi-Narita Route To Commence From July 3

Connectivity has the ability to move people between countries a lot more easily and frequently, says Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation made the
28 Feb 2018 14:33
Nadi-Narita Route To Commence From July 3
Acting Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura during the signing of amendment to Fiji and Japan air service agreement in Suva on February 27, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Connectivity has the ability to move people between countries a lot more easily and frequently, says Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation made the comment after formalising the ‘Amendment of the Route Schedule Annexed to the Air Services Agreement’ between Fiji and Japan at the Suvavou House yesterday.

Mr  Sayed-Khaiyum said the agreement would see the establishment of a more robust air service framework for resumption of direct flights between Fiji and Japan.

“We like to encourage the Japanese tourist to use Fiji as a bouncing board to other Pacific Island countries,” he said.

He said the agreement would also be an opportunity for the Pacific Island countries to connect to Japan and Fiji does not mind being the facilitator.

Mr  Sayed-Khaiyum said he was looking forward to more Japanese participation not just in the tourism sector but also in other commerce trade and finance invested areas.

“There are a number of exciting projects that the Fijian government will be announcing in few months,” he said.

“This will give an added advantage to the Japanese businesses to be able to invest in Fiji.

“The agreement will further deepen the relationship between Fiji and Japan.

“I urge everyone to take advantage of the $999 return tickets by Fiji Airways and visit Japan and likewise we like to see more Japanese travelling to Fiji.”

Japan Ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura, announced that the Nadi-Narita direct flights would start from July 3.

“I am very optimistic that the resumption of direct flights between our countries, which ceased in 2009, will increase Japanese tourist arrivals in Fiji,” he said.

“Usually connecting flights take Japanese tourists 15 to 17 hours to reach Fiji, but from July 3, it will be nine hours.

“We also expect business travel and trade between our countries to also grow significantly.

“Japan is hosting 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

“Fijian teams and fans alike, will now be able to travel to Japan for these events with much ease, in a matter of nine     hours, to pleasantly find that Japan is ready to welcome them,” said Mr Omura.

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