Aircalin reinstates Melbourne route to New Caledonia


National carrier Aircalin will resume its Melbourne route to New Calendonia from December 8, with three flights per week to Noumea on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Aircalin general manager Australia Chris Thistlethwaite said the airline is excited to reinstate the direct flights for Victorians.

“As Australia’s closest South Pacific neighbour, New Caledonia offers a plethora of activities and holiday options for   and with a flight time of 3 hours and 35 minutes from Melbourne, you can even visit for a long weekend,” he said.

The new route, which adds to the existing flights out of Sydney and Brisbane, comes as New Caledonia records record arrivals.

From January to June 2023, the destination welcomed a record number of tourists with 54,184 air arrivals, an increase of 2.3% compared to the first half of 2019. Australian travellers increased by 29% with 13,853 visitors so far this year.

“The allure of New Caledonia continues to entice more travellers to our beautiful destination and we’re excited that Aircalin is now bringing back the opportunity for Victorians to easily travel to Noumea,” said Rebecca Marchal, account director for New Caledonia Tourism Australia.