Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka today signed an agreement that will enable the country’s national airline, Fiji Airways, to regain access to long-haul markets that were cut off when Korean Air discontinued its flights to Fiji in 2019.
The code-sharing arrangements made possible through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on air services with the Korean Government will enhance Fiji Airways’ connectivity not only to Korea’s bustling city of Incheon but also to previously inaccessible regions in the United Kingdom and Europe.
In signing the agreement, Gavoka and Director-General Aviation Policy Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastucture and Transport Kim Yeong Kook also noted the impact it would also have on enhancing the countries’ respective tourism industry, economic growth and strengthening the ties between the two nations.
Since the inaugural flight from Incheon to Nadi in 1995, this vital air link has played a pivotal role in facilitating tourism, trade, and cultural exchange between the two countries.
“This was one of the few international airlines that was flying to Fiji and Korea was a growing market and a critical link to other long-haul markets, given Seoul’s extensive flight network. So, when Korean Air ceased flying to Fiji in 2019, it significantly impacted us,” Gavoka said.