The senior executive of Fiji Airways said on Tuesday that the airline expects to reach nearly 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of the year as demand for travel rebounded strongly.
The airline’s executive manager for strategy, networks and alliances, John Checketts said, pre-pandemic levels carrier capacity from Fiji to Australia and North America is currently at around 120%, while capacity in New Zealand should reach 100% by the end of the year.
Checketts said at a Center for Aviation conference (CAPA), some routes such as Hong Kong and Japan have been pausing due to travel restrictions. Meanwhile, Australia and the United States had been in high demand despite ticket prices being above pre-pandemic levels to help cover higher fuel costs.
“In terms of capacity, we are nearly at 100% of our pre-COVID capacity by the end of the year,” Checketts said. “We’ve had to pivot our capacity to where there is demand.”