20 May 2005

Air Pacific boosts flights for peak tourism

6:45 am on 20 May 2005

Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, has sharply increased capacity to meet demand at the start of the country's peak tourism season.

The airline has increased the number of seats offered to almost 30-thousand a week.

That has added an additional Boeing-747 flight a week to Los Angeles in addition to the current four, put on three additional flights B-737 flights to Sydney in addition to the daily jumbo service, two additional flights to Christchurch and one to Wellington.

Seat capacity on routes to Brisbane and Melbourne is being increased with larger aircraft.

But Air Pacific has expressed concern that recent price increases for jet fuel have added about 18-million US dollars to its fuel Bill.

Of this only about a third will be recovered through fuel surcharges.