Fiji's Air Pacific delays Christmas Island service

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Fiji's Air Pacific has delayed its weekly service to Christmas Island in Kiribati to 22 June.

The new service on the Nadi-Christmas Island-Honolulu route was due to commence on 25 May, but has been pushed back due to unanticipated delays in improving the airport infrastructure, says the airline.

"There is significant interest in the resumption of flights to Christmas Island amongst fishing, bird watching and diving enthusiasts the world over, and we are working closely with the Kiribati airport authorities to ensure the flights begin as soon as possible," says Air Pacific's new managing director and CEO, Dave Pflieger.

"Air Pacific is looking forward to opening this important air route to make Christmas Island accessible from North America, the South Pacific and Asia," he adds.

Air Pacific currently flies thrice-weekly to Honolulu, which includes two non-stop services per week and one weekly flight with a stopover in Samoa's Apia, says Innovata.

Besides the planned service to Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati, the Fijian airline already serves Tarawa in Kiribati.