AN Air New Zealand plane is on its way to flood-stricken Fiji to collect stranded New Zealand tourists.
An empty 747 aircraft left Auckland on Monday heading to Nadi.
The plane will take tourists who were unable to return to Auckland on Monday morning after the cancellation of a flight.
Any empty seats on the flight will be offered to other Air New Zealand passengers stranded in Nadi.
A statement from the airline says passengers are urged to make their way to Nadi Airport immediately.
Following the departure of the Air New Zealand flight, the Fijian Government lifted its temporary ban on inbound flights.
Another Air New Zealand flight is scheduled to depart Auckland on Tuesday.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand will offer assistance to Fiji, which is bracing for a tropical depression tracking towards the main island of Viti Levu.
“It’s people in rural parts of Fiji – we’ve already had a number of lives lost, people’s homes devastated – so that’s really where support would come in, and emergency food and blankets and the like,” he said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) says there has been no request for international assistance.