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A decision by Tonga’s Civil Aviation Authority to certify a Y12 aircraft without addressing demands by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to upgrade its aircraft certification system has thrown Tonga’s domestic air service into a state of uncertainty.
Saturday 27 September 2014
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Civil works to resurface and strengthen the runways at Tonga’s Fua‘amotu International Airport and Lupepau’u International Airport starting this year, are expecting to be completed in 2015, under a $31 million pa’anga project financed by the World Bank.
Tuesday 12 August 2014
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Real Tonga’s new 19-seater Jetstream 32 aircraft leased from Australia began operation last week to the outer islands of Ha’apai and Vava’u.
Thursday 7 August 2014
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Tonga’s new Y-12 aircraft gifted by the Chinese Government, was handed over to King Tupou VI this morning Wednesday, 6 August at Lupepau’u Airport in Vava’u.
Wednesday 6 August 2014
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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
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A new 17-seater Y-12 aircraft gifted from the Chinese government to the Tongan government arrived at the Lupepau’u Airport, Vava’u this evening, 5 August.
Tuesday 5 August 2014
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Seven contestants for the Miss Heilala crown 2014-15 met today for the Pageant orientation at Joe’s Kahana Lagoon in Nuku‘alofa.
Saturday 5 July 2014
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Miss Tu‘i Vava‘u 2014 is Laneta Guttenbeil Ha‘unga, sponsored by Miss Jack Guttenbeil Store. Photos by Lisa Molloy.
Saturday 5 July 2014
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Six Tongan girls will be vying for the Miss Heilala crown 2014-15 when the pageant competition begins on July 7-11 at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
Thursday 3 July 2014
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Tonga’s domestic airline, Real Tonga, has leased a Convair aircraft from Air Chatham, to provide additional capacity for the services to Vava‘u during a current period of high demand for seats.
Friday 20 June 2014
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The new month-long Tu’i Vava‘u Festival currently being held in Neiafu, Vava‘u, will feature the Miss Vava‘u Pageant from June 30 to July 5.
Thursday 19 June 2014
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The first of two Jetstream J32 aircraft acquired by Real Tonga is expected to arrive in Tongatapu next week, according to the General Manager of Tourism Tonga, Stuart Perry, who said today that the strengthening of the inter-island domestic air service is critically important for the whole economy.
Wednesday 11 June 2014 - 1 comment
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Tourism Tonga has appointed a new marketing manager, Jenny-Lee Stefas from Australia.
Tuesday 10 June 2014
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Tonga’s annual Heilala Festival is set to begin in Nuku’alofa on June 30 with events to July 12 under a theme ‘My Kingdom, My Home’.
Tuesday 10 June 2014
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A new Joe’s Kahana Resort and Restaurant was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano on Saturday 17 May.
Tuesday 20 May 2014
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Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu has announced that Polynesian Airlines will begin servicing direct flights to Vava’u from Apia, Samoa in August, following a one month delay in introducing the new service.
Monday 19 May 2014
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The pilot of a Real Tonga Queen Air that made an emergency belly-landing at the ‘Eua airstrip last week has been suspended, while an investigation into the reason for the emergency is underway.
Monday 5 May 2014
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The Ha’apai Group will not be joining the Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Industrial Shows in 2014 due to the extensive damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Ian in January this year.
Friday 4 April 2014
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The MS Queen Victoria cruise ship docked at Vuna Wharf in Nuku’alofa today, bringing over 2700 passengers and crew.
Monday 17 March 2014
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A review of the safety of Tonga’s Transport Sector, to be led by the World Bank and supported by the New Zealand government, could end a stand-off between the two countries over the safety of a Chinese MA60 aircraft that has been operating in Tonga since August last year.
Saturday 8 March 2014
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