Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) 69th Conference

Tonga is home to a variety of unique and beautiful locations spread across many islands. View the articles below to learn more about the real Tonga experience.Contact Us

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The 69th ASPA Conference was held at the Tanoa Hotel from 10th to 12th October. The first very informative airline session was a workshop focusing on Effective Network Planning & Market Insights hosted by Auckland Airport. Well informed presenters from Lufthansa Consulting gave overviews on important aspects of Network planning with emphasis on key areas that includes a proper Marketing Plan. The actual ASPA Sessions was officially opened by the Hon. Minister for Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Semisi Sika. Mr. Brett Gebers, CEO, Solomon Airlines and Chairman of ASPA outlined the important role of ASPA as in seeking solutions for its partners. Mr.Gebers indicated barriers that ASPA will need a combined effort to get through. Areas as in lack of funding, lack of experience and Regulators Deficiencies were mentioned.

Representatives include key airline managers from the region, aviation partners, Service Providers, and local participations from Tonga Airports Limited (TAL), AirPort Terminal Services (ATS) and Palu Aviation and REALtonga Senior personnel. ATS, TAL and REALtonga cosponsored the Gala Dinner on Thursday night hosted at the Royal Nuku’alofa Club.

ASPA, founded 30-31 Mar 1979, Suva (Fiji), at inaugural meeting convened by Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, when Articles were adopted. Articles subsequently amended: 22 Apr 1982, Suva; 5 Aug 1986, Brisbane (Australia). The next ASPA Conference will be held at Christchurch, NZ on 30th-31st May 2019.

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Tongatapu

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.

‘Eua

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.

Ha’apai

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.

Vava’u

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.

Niuatoputapu

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.

Niuafo’ou

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.