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Real Tonga: Why Samoa Flights Ahead Of Fijian

Tonga’s Real Tonga Airlines says it is planning services to Samoa instead of Fiji because there is an opportunity and a need. Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of
31 Jul 2017 11:00
Real Tonga: Why  Samoa Flights Ahead Of Fijian
Real Tonga Airlines Deputy CEO and Commercial Genral Manager, Tele Faletau and the Real Tonga Saab 340. Photo: Samoa Observer.

Tonga’s Real Tonga Airlines says it is planning services to Samoa instead of Fiji because there is an opportunity and a need.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Commercial, Tele Faletau. told journalists after a test flight from Tonga to Samoa: “While a lot of people suggested Fiji, but for us, we’ve not had a connection with Samoa for far too long.

“This has always been our primary objective for our regional flights and that is flying to Samoa.

“We’re very happy to be discussing a code share with Polynesian Airlines so that will be a joint Polynesian Airlines and Real Tonga.”

Mr. Faletau said Samoa and Tonga are next-door neighbours and it makes sense for them to work together.

There are currently no direct services between the two Polynesian neighbours. People have to fly either via Fiji or New Zealand to get between the countries.

Real Tonga would find Tonga-Samoa a more viable option. It would face stiff competition launching any services to Fiji. Fiji Airways is already operating to Tonga from both Nadi and Suva and providing other international connections for Tongans and Samoans through its Nadi International Airport hub.

The Real Tonga initiative comes soon after Polynesian Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding with Fiji Airways to relaunch its own international services in partnership with Fiji Airways.

These would operate as Samoa Airways and come after Samoa gave notice of the termination of a joint venture air service with the Australian airline Virgin Australia.

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

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