Tonga gets tourism boost with Fiji air link

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Fiji Link will operate the Nuku’alofa-Vava’u service using its brand new ATR aircraft
Fiji Link will operate the Nuku’alofa-Vava’u service using its brand new ATR aircraft

Two South Pacific national carriers, Fiji Airways and Real Tonga, have formed a new alliance to improve connectivity between the island nations.

Under a new codeshare arrangement, Real Tonga will be able to sell seats on Fiji Airways’ thrice weekly (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) flights between Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, and Vava’u, a group of Tongan islands. The route is operated by Fiji Link using a brand new ATR 72 aircraft.

These flights will then allow passengers to connect to Fiji’s main international hub, Nadi International Airport, via Nuku’alofa.

“This commercial arrangement is a major step forward for Tongan Aviation,” said Tevita Palu, CEO of Real Tonga. “It enables Real Tonga to provide extra capacity when most needed in the peak seasons to satisfy the demand and enable the market to grow.

“Aside from making it easier for Tongans to travel between the capital and Vava’u, these key air links will be a tremendous boost to the island’s tourism. This is the start to developing a relationship between the two carriers,” he added.

David Bowden, Fiji Airways’ acting CEO commented; “Our new arrangement makes Vava’u a valuable new addition to our network, and directly links the island to the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This is a big boost for Vava’u – to be plugged into our route network and sales capabilities.”
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