Fiji Airways expects to reach nearly 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of the year as demand for travel to its tropical Pacific home rebounds strongly, a senior executive said on Tuesday. The carrier’s capacity from Fiji to Australia and North America is at about 120% of pre-pandemic levels, the airline’s executive manager for strategy, networks and alliances John Checketts said. Capacity on New Zealand routes should reach 100% by the end of the year, he added.
However, routes to Hong Kong and Japan have been suspended due to travel restrictions, Checketts told the CAPA Center for Aviation conference. “In terms of capacity, we’re almost at 100% of our pre-Covid capacity by the end of the year,” Checketts said. “We had to move our capacity to where the demand is.” Demand from places such as Australia )and the United States has been strong, although airfares have been above pre-pandemic levels to help cover higher fuel costs. “The price had to go up and we saw that across the industry,” Checketts said. “Hopefully, fuel prices will start to come down and we can stimulate even more travel.”