FIJI Airways carried as many as 1.3 million passengers in 2022.
The airline is now aiming to move two million passengers this 12 months.
In an interview with Forbes Journal, airline CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen mentioned bookings for the primary six months of 2023 was larger than final 12 months. “In 2022 the Fiji Airways group carried a complete of 1.3 million passengers, and that forward-bookings for the six-month interval from January to June, 2023 are 41.6 per cent forward of the identical interval in 2019,” he mentioned.
“It’s a outstanding achievement that in our first full 12 months of operations submit the COVID19 pandemic, with quite a lot of key markets nonetheless closed and a difficult international operational atmosphere, we managed to hold in extra of 1 million passengers.
“Our forecast for 2023 full-year is to hold two million passengers.
“That is past something that we might have imagined when borders reopened and flights resumed on December 1, 2021.”
He mentioned that they had anticipated and deliberate for a gradual ramp-up in service.
“We had been pleasantly shocked to see the demand for journey to Fiji.
“Inside months we had returned to 70 per cent of our worldwide markets, and presently solely Hong Kong and Narita in Japan stay closed.
“We’re returning to those locations in April of 2023.”
In keeping with the report, the Fiji Airways group introduced in 70 per cent of all guests who flew to Fiji, employs over 1000 staff and was concentrating on to earn revenues of over $F1.5 billion ($US680m) in 2023.