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Progress in plans for Brisbane-Tonga flight

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/06/2019

The Brisbane based Nauru Airline and Real Tonga Airline have reached an agreement to establish a direct commercial flight between Brisbane and Tonga.

It is an outcome of the Brisbane Tongan Community’s 12-month project initiated last year and to benefit the Tongan diaspora, and to improve trade and tourism opportunities between Tonga and Queensland.

A press release stated, the Brisbane Tongan Community embarked on an ambitious project to seek airlines that would consider servicing the proposed route but three Australian carriers turned down the proposal.

The community then contacted CEO of Real Tonga Airlines and proposed to engage with several Pacific Island and/or Asian carriers to seek their interest.

Although no details of a direct Brisbane to Tonga flight have been revealed yet, commercial aviation experts advised Brisbane Tongan Community committee members in January 2019 to ensure the success of such a venture, it would be best to launch international routes traditionally flown by the former Royal Tongan Airlines before adding on a new destination, such as Brisbane.

The Brisbane Tongan Community will continue to dialogue with Real Tonga to consider trial flights from Brisbane direct to Tongatapu by the end of the year.

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