Air Chatham, Tonga's second domestic air operator will begin its service to Vava'u and Ha'apai on April 14.
Russell Jenkins, the airline's Tonga General Manager, says that they will initially fly twice daily to Vava'u, and three times weekly to Ha'apai from Monday to Saturday.
The Matangi Tonga online reports the airline will service Vava'u and Ha'apai with a 50 seater Convair aircraft and an 18 seater Metro aircraft.
Air Chatham is taking over as the second domestic airline from Peau Vava'u Airways, which surrendered its Air Operator's Certificate in January ending their interest in operating a domestic air service.
Until now the domestic air service has been serviced solely by Airline Tonga, a Fiji Air-Teta Tours joint venture, since Peau Vava'u grounded its services as a result of the riots of November 16, 2006.