Air New Zealand will fly nearly 6000 extra seats on its seasonal service between Christchurch and Fiji in 2018, an increase of more than 40 percent.

The airline currently operates two services per week from Christchurch to Nadi International Airport between July and October, increasing to three services per week at peak times.

Next year Air New Zealand’s Christchurch-Fiji service will start five weeks earlier on 26 May, with up to four services per week in the busy school holiday period.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says the airline has tripled capacity between Christchurch and Fiji over the past five years.

“Fiji is a clear favourite for Kiwi holidaymakers. We’re pleased these extra flights will offer South Island travellers greater flexibility for their holiday plans.”

The new flights will be operated by the airline’s A320 aircraft and are available for purchase at