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Talks underway for a possible new Tonga-Brisbane airline service

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/12/2018

The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, met on Thursday with a delegation from Nauru Airlines led by its Chairman, Trevor Jensen and the Managing Director of Real Tonga Tevita Palu, to discuss the possibility of setting up a partnership to provide an airline service between Tonga and Brisbane, Australia.

Prime Minister said, he met with representatives of the Tonga community in Brisbane last month and they informed him that none of the regional carriers was interested in providing a direct airline service between Tonga and Brisbane but that Nauru Airlines was interested in providing such a service in partnership with Real Tonga and the Government of Tonga.

Jensen said after discussions with the Tongan community in Brisbane earlier this year a Nauru Airlines team visited Nuku’alofa and held discussions with Real Tonga and with the Deputy Prime Minister and this time they are keen to pursue this partnership further.

Tevita Palu from Real Tonga said they are happy to pursue this partnership although there are still a lot of areas to be discussed.

Also participating in the meeting was the Minister for Trade, Tu’i Uata, the CEO of Nauru Airlines, Peter Sheehan and Chief Commercial Officer Richard Miller.

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