Fiji's Air Pacific will resume its Suva-Auckland non-stop services after the completion of upgrading works at Suva's Nausori Airport, allowing for the use of larger jet aircraft.
The carrier will reintroduce the service, operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft, from 2 July. It will operate on the route weekly, but will add another weekly flight from August, says the airline.
Air Pacific stopped flying on the route in July 2007, says a carrier spokesman.
However, airport operator Airports Fiji has since carried out improvements on Nausori's runway and the terminal building, leading Fiji's aviation authorities to clear the airport for use by larger jet aircraft, he adds.
Air Pacific's managing director and CEO Dave Pflieger says: "Air Pacific is extremely pleased that we will be able to resume jet services into Nausori... This service has always been popular for business and government travel, as well as our residents in the Suva and eastern part of Fiji who want to visit friends and relatives in New Zealand."
Air Pacific will be the only carrier flying between Suva and Auckland, according to flight schedules in Innovata.