Breaking news: new direct flights to Palau!

The news we’ve all been waiting for… Nauru Airlines has launched a new scheduled service, the “Palau Paradise Express,” offering nonstop flights from Brisbane to Palau, commencing 21 May, 2024.

Nauru Airlines has launched a new non-stop air route to one of the world’s bucket-list dive destinations, an archipelago nation of over 300 islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

The six-hour flight, operated by Nauru Airlines’ 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft, will depart Brisbane on Tuesdays at 11.30pm, arriving at Palau International Airport on the main island of Babeldaob at 04:30am. Southbound flights will depart Palau on Wednesdays at 10:30pm, arriving in Brisbane at 05:30am.

“Our Palau Paradise Express service now offers travellers from Australia and the region a more efficient way to reach Palau with streamlined connections from most major capitals,” said Brett Gebers, CEO of Nauru Airlines.

The Republic of Palau, 1,500 kilometres to the east of the Philippines, is an archipelago comprised of approximately 300 islands with a total land area of 458 square kilometres. The country’s resident population of approximately 18,000 people live on nine of the islands. Due to Palau’s longstanding commitment to marine biodiversity and conservation, the country attracts visitors from around the world who seek to explore its pristine waters, and to experience its unparalleled marine life.

“Naming our service the Palau Paradise Express really says it all,” said James Blake, Commercial Manager for Nauru Airlines. “Palau is a spectacular destination for divers, hikers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, or who simply want to disconnect and visit a place few have been. The incredible geography and environment offer unique eco-tourism experiences, some of the best scuba diving waters in the world, significant World War II history, and fascinating cultural and culinary delights,” he said.

In November 2023, Nauru Airlines also added Palau to its weekly ‘Australia-North Pacific Connector’ (island hopper) service which operates from Brisbane via Nauru, Tarawa, Majuro, and Pohnpei to Palau, providing an essential air link connecting northern and central Pacific countries to key destinations in Asia, Australia, and Fiji.

The additional service will provide greater connectivity options for visitors to the Pacific through Asia, Australia and Fiji. The expansion of Nauru Airlines’ services to Palau is part of the airline’s commitment to provide essential air links to the Pacific region to support the sustainable development of island economies, through the promotion of tourism, trade and commerce.

The new Palau Paradise Express and the ‘Australia-North Pacific Connector’ (island hopper) are enabled by the Australia-Pacific Partnerships for Aviation Program (P4A). P4A is an Australian Government initiative, partnering in the Pacific for a safer, more resilient, and sustainable aviation sector, improving people-to-people links and supporting economic growth.

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