Real Tonga adds Extra Capacity

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On Monday 13th April, REALtonga Airlines introduced a series of Charter Flights between Tongatapu & Vava’u.

The services are to be operated on the Fiji Airways ATR72-600 aircraft which has 68 seats on board and Real Tonga says that as demand begins its seasonal increase, the ATR service is being introduced to provide a replacement for the MA60, the lease of which was cancelled by Government in February this year.

Real Tonga’s Chief Executive, Tevita Palu said…”Since the termination of the MA60 lease, our customers have not received the best service available as the airline has been limited to just two smaller aircraft. The ATR72-600 is a great option as it is state of the art technology and it provides us with an opportunity to evaluate the aircraft operation with a view to
develop regional services in the near future. More importantly, the larger number of seats will enable the airline to implement a greater mix of fares, so that we can continue to offer the lowest fares to our local travelers.”

“Initially and throughout April and May, we will be operating two ATR services per week, on Mondays and Fridays and as we continue to evaluate the performance of the aircraft and move into the busy tourism season, we plan to increase frequencies with the ATR. Also, our second Jetstream 32 will soon be joining the fleet – the introduction of this J32 aircraft has been delayed, as we have opted to put the aircraft through major maintenance in New
Zealand before bringing the aircraft to Tonga and this will provide us with an aircraft with no heavy maintenance requirements for at least a year. With the ATR and the second Jetstream, Real Tonga will have a solid fleet that will be able to effectively and efficiently manage our domestic network.”

Mr Palu added…”the sudden unavailability of the MA60 aircraft has meant that we have had to urgently re-adjust our fleet and whilst we are grateful that this happened during the lower demand periods, we regret any and all inconvenience to the travelling public over the past month – the additional aircraft and services will provide a much more stable and reliable schedule.”



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.