The airline’s owner and Managing Director, Mr Tevita Palu announced that Real Tonga have now received approval from Civil Aviation, at the Ministry of Infrastructure, for operations from Tonga to Samoa and Fiji. Tevita Palu mentioned that …”the move from domestic operations to international, requires more stringent safety requirements and the airline has had to demonstrate proficiency at Extended Over-Water Operations.
This included conducting a ‘proving’ flight between Tonga and Samoa, which was successfully completed in August of this year, which carried an inspector from the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO), some delegates from the Ministry of Infras tructure’s Civil Aviation department and other Real Tonga staff.
Tevita Palu continues…”whilst we have had to upgrade our internal procedures, we have also spent substantial amounts of money on the required upgrades and modifications to our aircraft.” To commence international services, Real Tonga will be utilising their SAAB 340 aircraft.
Mr Palu also commented on the savings to travellers, stating that currently, anybody traveling between Tonga and Samoa currently has to pay airfares, sometimes in excess of T$2,000 to travel via Fiji or New Zealand and that also, such a trip requires at least one night of accommodation to make the connections. Mr Palu added that fares offered will be less than half of those current costs, which will make travel for business, tourism or visiting family or friends an affordable reality.
Real Tonga need to complete some formalities with the Government of Samoa before starting services, but expect to launch this new international service as early as November this year.
Mr Palu also added that the airline will be hosting a delegation from Niue later this month to look at providing some air services between Tonga and Niue, completing his comments by saying …”I am very excited for this international service, we are finally moving to a wider more challenging arena that we expect will put pressure on air fares to drive them down and as the airline expands our international services, we expect that these benefits will become available to more and more of our Tongan people, to the tourism industry and will also act as a catalyst to further stimulate regional business growth.”
Our airline team is proud to do this for the Glory of God and the good of the Kingdom.
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