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Tonga must have another domestic airline to help reduce airfares, says Prime Minister

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/06/2017

The Government is looking at initiatives to help reduce complaints over expensive domestic airfares to the outer-islands.

The Prime Minister – Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva says there are only two options – first is setting up of another airline to compete in the market.

Second is Government to set up its own airline to provide cheaper fares.

This comes after several complaints over expensive fares to Vava’u.

The round trip is about TOP$600 and TOP$341 for one way.

In a previous interview with the CEO of Real Tonga Airline, Tevita Palu he said the airfares is calculated according to the expenses of their operation.

It includes fuel costs and leasing of the aircraft to the Government, salaries and wages of their staff, ongoing maintenance of the aircrafts to ensure they are safe for the passengers and others.

Tonga Airways – A new group that has applied for a license to operate domestically is awaiting Government’s approval of an operating license.

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