East Coast Wine Trail

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Sunday, 19 July 2020

Fiji Airways extends lockdown

Fiji Airways will not be flying passengers anywhere until at least the end of August - and perhaps longer.

The airline said the deadline could be further extended, subject to current border closures and travel restrictions.

"The cancellation of August services allows us to prepare and position a new updated international schedule for deployment as soon as practical," said Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen.

"Whether this will be in August remains to be seen, but we are encouraged by the recent move to Phase 2 for Fiji in its response to Covid-19, as well as a travel framework which allows for the creation of specific 'air corridors' with certain countries."

Fiji is hoping a so-called 'Bula Bubble' can be agreed with main tourism markets Australia and New Zealand, Travel Mole reported.

"This framework provides a clear path forward for the two countries to seriously consider opening borders to Fiji, thereby stimulating travel demand," Viljoen said.

The current international flight suspension doesn't impact Fiji Air's cargo flights and Fiji Link domestic services, which continue to operate.

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