Tonga is a beautiful country and we would love to come back one day- if there is a better and improved airline system. We had two fantastic weeks in Tongatapu and Ha’apai but the last two days have been a nightmare - what upset us the most was the fact that no one seemed to care - the airline has to know that it cannot go on like that! - Simone Eisenbarth
Tonga’s MA60 aircraft made three inaugural commercial flights to Vava‘u on Saturday, August 10, and the aircraft gifted from China is scheduled to fly twice-daily to Vava’u.
Samiu Vaipulu follows the text book theory that competition will lower cost. In reality, that can be close to the truth if it is properly managed and monitored. Take for example the oil supply industry, there has been two oil suppliers to Tonga, and yet, there is no significant appearance or evidence of lower fuel cost from competition between these two companies. – Sione Lousiale Kava.
The planes Samiu wants to bring in, the Chinese made MA60, does not have the best reputation. They have been refused a certificate by the American Federal Aviation Department and have been involved in several accidents, one killing all the passengers on board. – Sione Taufa.
A wild boar chase by kava growers living on Tonga’s volcanic island of Tofua yesterday may have led to the cancellation of an international flight to Tonga today, after smoke was spotted near the island and mistaken for a volcanic eruption
Tonga will have a new national domestic airline, flying by early 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu told the Tongan Parliament on Monday, June 18. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
An Air New Zealand flight to Auckland was delayed an hour from departing Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, due to a breach in security, after two passengers boarded through the VIP area and had not been properly screened.
Air services into and within the Kingdom may operate on a Sunday when Saturday services are disrupted. This is to avoid the very circumstances that occurred last weekend and as alluded to in the article “Waste of fish cargo could be avoided in future, say exporters”. Such operation is considered an essential service.- Paul Karalus
A sulphuric mix of Tonga’s sabbatical laws and last week’s volcanic eruption on Hunga Ha’apai that led to the cancellation of Saturday evening’s Air New Zealand 767 flight into Fua’amotu International Airport, is causing headaches for Tongan fish exporters who had perishable cargo destined for the USA and Japan. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
“Air Chatham starts domestic service.” This is great news but will Air Chatham also fly to Niuatoputapu? - Peki Matheson