TONGA STRUGGLES WITH SINGLE AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE

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NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, May 28) - The local air routes are back to normal again in Tonga after the return of [Airlines Tonga’s] other plane to service last Saturday.

Air services to Vava'u for the Mailefihi/Siu'ilikutapu jubilee celebrations were affected last week when one of the [company’s] two planes was out of service.

A spokesperson from Airlines Tonga today confirmed that the flights are back to schedule again but they are also putting on an extra flight a day until people from the celebrations are back.

This is a great help bringing overseas people from Vava'u to meet their connecting flights back to their countries after the celebrations.

The other company, Air Peau 'o Vava'u, is still not flying yet.

[PIR editor’s note: Tonga’s Peau Vava'u Airways, which belongs to King George Tupuo V, has been out of service since the November 2006 riots in Nukuolofa, which damaged the company’s offices. Government regulators have since been impatient to see the airline return to service.]

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