Government ensured that Vava’u is ready for the Fiji Link (Fiji Airways) operation into Lupepau’u International Airport

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GOVERNMENT OF TONGA
MEDIA RELEASE
(19 February, 2016)

The Government has ensured that all the necessary work for the start of the Fiji Airways operation into Lupepau’u International Airport, Vava’u scheduled to start on the 2nd of April, 2016 are set up and in place.
The work started when Fiji Link/Fiji Airways submitted an application to Tonga’s Civil Aviation Division, Ministry of Infrastructure to include Vava’u as a destination in Tonga after it received approval from Civil Aviation Authority Fiji (CAAF). Tonga’s Civil Aviation Division (CAD) then conducted the relevant assessments and approved this application in December 2015. In conjunction with this assessment, the Civil Aviation Division also conducted an assessment on Lupepau’u International Airport to determine whether it meets the requirements for international operations. Tonga Airports Limited (TAL) was also issued with the Aerodrome Operator Certificate in December 2015.
The proposed arrangement for Nadi/Vava’u is accommodated under the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding for Air Services between Tonga and Fiji Governments. The Fiji Airways service to and from Nadi, Fiji to Vava’u, Tonga will be twice weekly using Fiji Link’s ATR 72-600 aircraft.
The Ministry of Revenue and Customs is also prepared to provide the appropriate services such as customs and immigrations services at the airport to ensure the security of the borders and legal entry of passengers into Tonga.
This new operation will also be beneficial to the Tourism Sector in Tonga especially for Vava’u. The Acting Chief Executive Office for Tourism, Dr Palenitina Langa’oi has said that this direct link to Vava’u from Fiji will only bring more tourists to Vava’u and will help boost the Vava’u economy. The Ministry of Tourism will continue to make sure that the services for tourists in Vava’u are up to standard to cater for this increase.

Tongan version:

“Fakahoko ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e ngaahi ngaue tefito ke mateuteu ‘a Vava’u ki he kamata ‘o e fepuna’aki ‘a e Fiji Links(Fiji Airways) ki he Mala’evakapuna Lupepau’u.”

Kuo fakahā ‘e he Pule’angá kuo maau mālie ‘a e ngaahi ngāue tefito ki hono teuteu ke kamata e fepuna’aki fakavaha’apule’anga he vaha’a ‘o Nadi, Fisi mo Vava’u ‘a e Kautaha Vakapuna Fiji Airways, ‘a ia ‘oku fakaangaanga ke kamata ‘i he ‘aho 2 ‘o ‘Epeleli 2016.

Na’e kamata ‘a e ngaue mei hono fakahū atu mei he Kautaha Fiji Links/Fiji Airways ha tohi kole ki he Va’a Fefolau’aki Vakapuna Sivile ‘a e Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Ngāue Lalahi ‘a e Pule’anga Tongá, ke fakakau ‘a Vava’u ‘i he ngaahi feitu’u ke puna mai ki ai ‘enau vakapuna ‘i Tonga ni, hili ia hono tali ‘e he Ma’umafai ki he Fefolau’aki Vakapuna Sivile ‘a Fisi (CAAF). Na’e fakahoko leva ‘e he Va’a Fefolau’aki Vakapuna Sivile ‘a e ngāue ki hono vakai’i ‘o e kole ni pea na’e tali ‘a e kole ni ‘i Tisema 2015. ‘I he felave’i hangatonu mo e kole ‘a e Fiji Airways na’e hoko atu leva ‘a e ngaue ‘a e Va’a Fefolau’aki Vakapuna Sivile ki hono vakai’i ‘a e tu’unga taau mo maau ‘o e Mala’evakapuna Lupepau’u ‘i Vava’u ke fakapapau’i ‘oku ne a’usia ‘a e tu’unga ki he fefolau’aki fakavaha’apule’anga. Na’e maau e ngaue pea foaki mo e tohi fakamo’oni ngāue (Aerodrome Operator Certificate) ki he Kautaha Mala’evakapuna ‘a Tonga (TAL) ‘i Tisema 2015.

Ko e fokotu’utu’u fakaangaanga ki he fepuna’aki he vaha’a ‘o Nadi mo Vava’u ‘oku fakahoko ia ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Aleapau Femahino’aki (MOU) ki he Fefolau’aki Vakapuna ‘i he vaha’a ‘o e Pule’anga Tonga mo e Pule’anga Fisi ‘o e 2008. Ko e fefolau’aki ‘a e Fiji Airways ‘i he vaha’a ‘o Nadi, Fisi mo Vava’u, Tonga ‘e fakahoko tu’o ua he uike ‘o ngaue’aki ‘a ‘enau vakapuna Fiji Link’s ATR 72-600.

Kuo mateuteu mo e Potungāue Tanaki Pa’anga Hūmai mo e Kasitomu ‘a e Pule’anga ke fakahoko mo e ngaahi ngāue fakakasitomu mo ‘imikuleisini ‘i he mala’e vakapuna ‘o Vava’u ke fakapapau’i ‘oku malu ‘a e kau’āfonua pea ‘oku ma’u ‘e he kau pasese ‘a e visa fakalao ke nau tu’uta ai ki Tonga ni.

‘E hoko ‘a e halanga fefolau’aki fo’ou ko eni ko e tokoni lahi ki he Sekitoa Takimamata ‘o Tonga ni tautefito ki Vava’u. Na’e pehē ‘e he ‘Ofisa Pule Ngaue Le’ole’o ‘o e Potungāue Takimamata ‘a Tonga, Dr. Palenitina Langa’oi, ‘e hoko ‘a e fepuna’aki hangatonu ko eni mei Vava’u ki Nadi ke toe tokolahi ange ‘a e kau folau ‘eve’eva ki Vava’u pea ke toe fakalaka ange ‘a e tu’unga faka’ekonomika ‘a Vava’u. ‘E hokohoko atu ‘a e ngāue ‘a e Potungāue Takimamata ke fakapapau’i ko e ngaahi pisinisi fakatakimamata ‘i Vava’u ‘oku ‘i he tu’unga lelei ke talitali ha toe tokolahi ange ‘a e kau folau ‘eve’eva.

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