Ground Handling

Real Tonga Airlines uses ATS Tonga, a ground handling service that provides fantastic passenger service with baggage and cargo handling, load control and dispatched services, and ramp handling services for scheduled and non-scheduled flights.


What you can expect from our ground handling staff:

* Parking and marshalling aircraft
* Full disembarkation of baggage passengers, and cargo
* Full cleaning services for the aircraft
* Full check-in of passengers, baggage and cargo
* Full weight and balance, load sheet and dispatch services for the aircraft
* Full embarkation of passengers, baggage and cargo*
* Members will be notified of any special fares, packages or promotions

The ATS Tonga team are well trained up and qualified, supporting all crew and passengers on every custom flight. They are very experienced in ground handling operations, from general aviation, international airlines and inter-island domestic aircrafts, and have a wide range of equipment, such as stairs, tow bars, baggage tags and trolleys, belt and pallet loaders, other various loading machines and miscellaneous equipment.

If you do have any special needs or require any specialised equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us.




Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.


Hilly and covered in lush rainforest, ‘Eua’s combination of breathtaking beauty and rugged, idiosyncratic landscapes is the perfect destination for travelers. A concise seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, world’s shortest commercial airline flight.


If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, then look no further then Ha’apai, a central island group consisting of 62 islands. Isolated, uninhabited and undiscovered, this tropical paradise is filled with shallow lagoons, deserted beaches, vibrant reefs, giant volcanoes and breaching whales. Travellers can fill in their day with endless activities such as hiking, snorkelling, kayaking or even horseriding along the white sandy beaches.


Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.


Niuatoputao is a flat coral island situated furthest north within the Kingdom of Tonga. Located between Vava’u and Samoa, this ‘sacred island’ is mostly remote and underdeveloped with a noticeably warmer temperature than the other parts of the Kingdom, especially in the southern end.


Niufo’ou,  located about 100km west of  Niuatoputapu, is one of the world’s most remote islands. From a birds-eye view, this volcanic rimmed island could be compared to a floating donut.  The coastline is rocky and steep, with few black sandy beaches.  Niuafo’ou, together with  Tafahi  &  Niuatoputapu  island are referred to as the  Niuas.