G’day mate and Bula – Wellington reconnects with Australia and Fiji

12 Apr 2022

The Wellington sign illuminated in green and gold colours to welcome Australian visitors.Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Wellington Airport is gearing up for a historic day tomorrow as Australian travellers return and direct flights to and from Fiji resume.

“This is the start of a new era and really exciting for the Wellington community and economy,” said Wellington Airport Chief Executive Steve Sanderson.

The first flights for vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents to Wellington since mid-2021 arrives from Sydney (NZ1342) at 4pm on 13 April, followed by NZ252 from Melbourne arriving at 6pm.

Wellington Airport will be putting on a welcome for our Australian friends with giveaways and special guests greeting travellers.

The first direct flights to Fiji also resume tomorrow (13 April) at 12:45pm, giving Wellingtonians a direct link to tropical holidays just in time for Easter and school holidays.

Airlines will be operating around 4,000 international seats per week at Wellington during the month of April, but this will quickly increase to up to 15,000 seats per week in July which is around two-thirds of 2019 levels.

“These new services are an encouraging sign of life as we used to know it returning to normal,” said Sanderson.

“They are a big step in our plans to reconnect Wellington with the world and we’re looking forward to the continued recovery of international travel and tourism.”

To encourage Wellingtonians to travel, Wellington Airport is also offering a $10,000 dream holiday to the winner of our “Where to First” competition: