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Flights To Tonga Cancelled, Weather Disrupts International Flights

Fiji Airways has made changes to some of its flights. It says they are caused by a number of unpredictable circumstances. Fiji Airways flights yesterday bound for Tonga have been
14 Jan 2015 10:18
Flights To Tonga Cancelled, Weather Disrupts International Flights
The last eruption of the Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga in 2009.

Fiji Airways has made changes to some of its flights. It says they are caused by a number of unpredictable circumstances.

Fiji Airways flights yesterday bound for Tonga have been cancelled for safety measures.

An eruption, emerging from Hunga Ha’apai volcano, is also causing other airlines, like Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia to ground its flights into Nuku’alofa. The volcano, about 62 kilometres from the capital Nuku’alofa, has been erupting since late December and has now been spewing volcanic ash high into the sky. This also grounded local flights in Tonga.

On Monday, a Fij Airways flight from Nausori International had to turn back upon approach at Tonga yesterday due to volcanic ash

Risk Assessment

Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive Stefan Pichler said: “Our team will run a risk assessment of the situation to determine when flights can resume. As for now, all international flights bound for Tonga have been cancelled.”

Meanwhile on Monday, the airline announced the temporary closure of Nadi International Airport operations which caused outbound flights from Nadi to be disrupted.

The disruption was caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

Mr Pichler said thunderstorms and lightening resulted in no ramp activity permitted.

“Thus affecting flights from Nadi to Sydney, Melbourne, Apia,  Auckland, Los Angeles and Hong Kong as well as some domestic flights.

Mr Pichler said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our passengers for their understanding and cooperation.”

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