Sea Transport is still a major concern for the people of Vava’u.
Radio & Television Tonga News 1/08/2017
People’s representative of Vava’u 16 told parliament that her voters are still concerned about the high costs of sea fares.
‘Akosita Lavulavu – said that a one way ticket on interisland ferries is TOP$99 pa’anga.
This is too expensive and she proposed TOP$50 for a one way trip because the vessel was a gift from Japan and rates should be lower .than what is being charged now.
Lord Tu’iha’angana number 1 nobles representative of Ha’apai supported Akosita’s concern saying this should be addressed appropriately.
However, in response – the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said MV ‘Otuanga’ofa’s operational and management costs and this is why the current fare rates are being imposed as such to cover costs.
She also raised the baggage allowance of 15 kilograms per passenger is too small.
However, a spokesperson for FISA said, this weight is for carry-on bags passengers accompany on their seats.
The rest of the cargo are taken to the storage area to allow more space for passengers.
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