10 May 2007

Tourism Tonga welcomes plans by Air Peau Vava'u

10:56 am on 10 May 2007

Tourism Tonga is welcoming plans by a domestic airline, Air Peau Vava'u, to resume its flights in the near future.

The airline stopped its operations after its head office was damaged in the November riot and plans to offer services from the main to the outer islands later next week once its planes are certified.

Currently, only one airline is servicing the domestic market and Sione Moala, the acting director of Tourism Tonga, says many visitors can't get there, because some flights are booked out.

Mr Moala says the additional air-service will help overcome this problem.

"We welcome the Air Peau Vava'u back and this is another step forward in trying to facilitate the movement of people from the main island to the outer groups of islands. Even with the domestic demand, we still haven't coped with it with one airline and the two airlines will try as much as possible to facilitate that."

Sione Moala says this is important because several major hotel projects are planned in Vava'u.