IE_FIJIFiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and Solomon Airlines, the national carrier of the Solomon Islands,  have signed a codeshare agreement for flights between Nadi and Honiara.

The codeshare, which comes into effect on September 30, 2017, will see both airlines place their respective ‘FJ’ and ‘IE’ codes on each other’s flights between Nadi and Honiara. Guests of Solomon Airlines can expect convenient travel and transfer onto Fiji Airways’ network through its Nadi hub to North America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said, “We are very pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with our Melanesian friends, and further strengthen our already comprehensive South Pacific network.”

“The region is our home, and it makes perfect sense for South Pacific airlines to work together to offer seamless travel options to our people and visitors traveling to Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Through this partnership we are opening up an important South Pacific destination – Honiara – to the rest of the world, boosting their tourism and trade potential. Fiji Airways is proud of its leading role in the growth of air travel in the South Pacific”.

Brett Gebers, CEO of Solomon Airlines commented that the new codeshare is great news for both airlines, and it will present a major boost to the Melanesian region’s tourism and business objectives.

“The new codeshare improves inter-island connectivity within the South Pacific region, offering Solomon Islanders yet another seamless opportunity to connect with the USA and beyond. Improving inter-island connectivity is the first step to improving the economy in the Pacific region, and we value our relationship with Fiji Airways,” he said.

Fiji Airways operates services between Nadi and Honiara on Saturday, while Solomon Airlines operates between Honiara and Nadi on Mondays and Tuesdays.