Tonga's Vava'u Get All Clear For International Airport

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Tourism ministry to ensure services up to standard

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, February 22, 2016) – The Tonga government says a new international airport, Lupepau'u on Vava'u, is all set for the first flights by Fiji Link on 2 April.

This follows a request from the subsidiary of Fiji Airways to include Vava'u as a destination.

The Tonga government says arrangements for the flight are accommodated by a 2008 Memorandum of Understanding for Air Services between Tonga and Fiji.

Fiji Link plans to fly in an ATR 72-600 aircraft twice a week.

The acting chief executive for tourism, Palenitina Langa'oi, says it will be a boost for the Vava'u economy.

The tourism ministry says it will ensure services for tourists are up to standard to cater for the increase.


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