20 March 2020 – Suspension schedule for 95% of national carrier international flight routes

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CIVIL AVIATION

Overview: Aviation Industry – For the publics and local & International travelers. In light of the unprecedented impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, our national carrier, Fiji Airways, has announced a suspension schedule for 95% of its international flight routes. This is the most stringent scale back in the airline’s 68-year history. This suspension schedule will remain in place through the end of May 2020, where further travel restrictions may be announced if deemed necessary. Fiji Airways will be contacting customers affected by this suspension schedule directly over the coming days. Fiji Airways is working closely with foreign embassies and governments to arrange for one-off repatriation flights to and from Sydney, Auckland, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong to allow foreign nationals to safely return home and permit Fijian citizens living abroad to return to Fiji. All passengers, including all Fijians, arriving from overseas destinations will be screened prior to boarding and medically checked on arrival to Fiji. Upon arrival, these passengers will all be required to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine, in line with the Fijian Government’s sweeping measures to prevent a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 in Fiji. In light of these suspensions, Fiji Airways has announced they will be re-assessing future staffing requirements. The Fijian Government remains committed to ensuring that employees throughout the country who are impacted by the global COVID-19 economic crisis have their rights upheld and best interests protected.

Full details here: https://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Centre/Speeches/STATEMENT-FROM-THE-ATTORNEY-GENERAL-AND-MINISTER-R

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government