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Vanuatu and Singapore have concluded an Air Services Agreement (ASA) on August 5 that allows airlines of the two countries to fly between Singapore and Vanuatu, as well as via or beyond to any third country.
Wednesday 6 August 2014
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
Monday 23 September 2013 - 3 comments
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.
Monday 12 August 2013
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.
Monday 21 January 2013
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.
Monday 21 January 2013
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
Tuesday 14 August 2012
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.
Monday 25 June 2012
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.
Saturday 21 April 2012
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.
Thursday 26 March 2009 - 2 comments
“Air Chatham starts domestic service.” This is great news but will Air Chatham also fly to Niuatoputapu? - Peki Matheson
Wednesday 2 April 2008
Peau Vava’u, one of Tonga’s two domestic airlines, which due to fire damage to their corporate offices in November 2006 has been grounded, announced today that they will recommence commercial operation on Monday 14 May 2007.
Tuesday 27 March 2007
When the dust settles spare a thought for the crushed dreams and ambition of the connections and staff of Fly Niu Ltd., (FNL) …– a little start-up airline forced into voluntary liquidation due to a patently flawed monopoly policy.- Wayne Madden
Tuesday 2 May 2006
Air New Zealand will start a weekly Airbus A320 daytime service to Tonga in October, according a marketing manager, Norm Thompson, in Nuku’alofa on June 29.
Monday 4 July 2005
Air Pacific this week will cut back its service to Tonga to twice instead of three times a week, terminating its Saturday service, and flying to Tonga only on Tuesday and Thursday, following a clash with Tonga’s civil aviation authorities.
Monday 21 March 2005
Monday, March 14, 2005 - 14:05. The People’s Republic of China wants to set up a FJD$100 million (US$61 million) regional airline. And while it has raised the issue with the Fiji government it has yet to consult other Pacific Island states on this possibility.
Monday 14 March 2005
The Government of Samoa has selected Virgin Blue as the “preferred partner” for a new joint venture airline that will take over the long-haul jet operations of Polynesian Airlines, through a bidding process developed and supported by the International Finance Corporation.
Friday 14 January 2005
Tonga’s Chief Justice R. M. Webster today, November 15 rejected an application by FlyNiu Airlines Ltd. and Air National Corporate Ltd. for a Judicial Review of the government of Tonga’s Domestic Civil Aviation Policy, which came into force on 30 July 2004.
Monday 15 November 2004
Polynesian Airlines’s new service, connecting ‘Apia and Pago Pago to Vava‘u landed at the Lupepau‘u Airport, Vava’u, this morning, November 5, beginning a twice weekly Dash 8 air service between the two Samoas and Vava’u.
Friday 5 November 2004
A joint venture between Polynesian Airlines and the Peau Vava’u Airways, to provide a connecting service between Tonga and Samoa, through Vava’u, is in the pipeline.
Monday 25 October 2004
I had recently planned a trip to Niuatoputapu, but had to cancel when Tongan Airlines went bankrupt. Since that time there has been totally confusion and lack of transportation to the Niuas. Now they say the DC3’s cannot use the runways. - Dick Watt
Friday 15 October 2004