VIRGIN BLUE TALKS BIG CUTS IN AUSTRALIA-FIJI AIR FARES

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SUVA, Fiji (Daily Post/PINA Nisus Online) Australian budget airline Virgin Blue is talking of offering 30 percent to 50 percent discounts on airfares if it starts services to Fiji.

Virgin Blue’s commercial head, David Huttner, confirmed this from Brisbane, Australia, yesterday and said the company is already in talks about services to Fiji routes. Huttner was optimistic a favorable deal will be struck in a couple of months.

He said to Virgin Blue the current fares charged by Qantas and Air Pacific on Australia-Fiji routes were "exorbitant".

A senior Fiji Visitors Bureau officer yesterday confirmed the bureau is working with Airports Fiji Limited on possible Virgin Blue flights into Fiji.

The airline had earlier asked for expressions of interest and information from potential destinations in the Pacific Islands region.

Qantas and Air Pacific, which operate code sharing flights using Air Pacific aircraft, have had a monopoly on the Australia-Fiji route since the collapse last year of another Australian airline, Ansett.

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