15 May 2007

Fiji airline grounds Boeing 747 jumbo after drop in passenger numbers

10:21 am on 15 May 2007

Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, has grounded its largest aircraft, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet, because of the drop in passenger numbers as a result of travel advisories issued by Australia and New Zealand.

Instead, Air Pacific is putting its smaller Boeing 767 which carries 260 passengers and 737-800 aircraft which carry about 160 passengers on the same routes previously flown by the 747s.

Air Pacific has also cut back on the number of flights every week which it provides to most of its destinations.

Both the chief executive of the Fiji Visitors Bureau, Bill Gavoka, and the vice president of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Patrick Wong, say the Public Emergency Regulations in force in Fiji have to go, before travel advisories are downgraded.