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Fiji Airways To Begin Domestic Tonga Service

Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:18 am


Tonga and Fiji signed a new air services agreement allowing Fiji Airways to operate domestic flights within Tonga on the airline's Fijian certificate. Currently Real Tonga charters a Fiji Airways ATR 72 2x weekly for extra capacity on the TBU-VAV route. The outcome will be a once weekly NAN-TBU-VAV service and a twice weekly SUV-TBU-VAV service, all operated by the ATR 72. Flights from TBU-VAV will be on MWF. Fiji Airways will also codeshare with Real Tonga on domestic flights. I'm unsure if this includes flights to Ha'apai and 'Eua right now, though.

Thank goodness for this. Real Tonga is unreliable and lacks the necessary capacity to serve VAV from anywhere. Tourism to VAV has taken a major hit. I'm extremely happy to see the expanded service. Tonga is a beautiful country and one of my favourite places to visit (getting married there two weeks ago today might have something to do with that).

The TBU-VAV flight schedule appears to be (from Fiji Airways' website):

Monday/Friday FJ 277 TBU 1620-1720 VAV
Monday/Friday FJ 276 VAV 1800-1900 TBU
Wednesday FJ 277 TBU 1300-1400 VAV
Wednesday FJ 276 VAV 1445-1545 TBU

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