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Vava’u Governor hopeful airport expansion will boost tourism and economy

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 28/01/2020

The Governor of Vava’u – Lord Fakatulolo says the people are struggling with two major issues – the limited capacity of the Lupepau’u International Airport and the registrations of land allotments.

Lord Fakatulolo says, they have completed the paperwork for the extension of the airport and are now hoping work can begin right away on this project that when completed will allow the Lupepau’u airport to welcome direct flights from New Zealand and Australia.

Vava’u is a popular tourist destination and Lord Fakatulolo says they’ve received feedback that the lack of direct flights from New Zealand and Australia to Vava’u has been an issue that deters tourists visiting more frequently. Currently, tourists from abroad have to travel to Tongatapu before catching a flight or the ferry out to Vava’u but the uncertainty of the ferry and flight schedules leave many travel plans disrupted.

The Governor says, if the airport is upgraded it will help develop the tourism sector and boost the economy as well.

The other issue Lord Fakatulolo highlighted is to do with the land, as they are trying to finalize and organised all the paperwork for the land allotments in Vava’u because recently problems have arisen with the claims to various land allotments.

These were issues raised by the Governor during the Prime Minister’s visit to the island group last week, following Tropical Cyclone Tino.

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