22 Dec 2016

Tonga Airways still intent on getting service off the ground

From , 4:01 pm on 22 December 2016

The board of Tonga Airways says it is still intent on getting its services off the ground despite having to cancel this week's launch, using a Fiji Airways charter.

Tonga Airways is a partly Tongan, partly foreign owned venture which aims to provide a second air service for Tonga and says it will bring cheaper airfares than the existing operator, Real Tonga.

Its board chairperson, former cabinet minister, Samiu Vaipulu, told Koroi Hawkins the lack of backing from Aviation Minister Semisi Sika was disappointing but they will continue pressing for government approval for a go-ahead.

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Photo: AFP/Torsten Blackwood