Airlines Tonga

Last updated
Commenced operations December 2005
Ceased operations August 23, 2008
Operating bases Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Fleet size See Fleet below
Destinations See Destinations below
Parent company Air Fiji and Teta Tours
Airlines Tonga Harbin Y-12 at Suva Airport (2006). Airlines Tonga Harbin Y-12 Callens.jpg
Airlines Tonga Harbin Y-12 at Suva Airport (2006).

Airlines Tonga was an airline based in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga. It operated services within Tonga and flights are operated on its behalf by Air Fiji. [1]

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Nukuʻalofa Place in Tongatapu, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

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Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The sovereign state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.



The airline started operations in December 2005 as a joint venture partnership between Air Fiji (49%) and Tongan travel agency Teta Tours (51%). [1] Airlines Tonga became the second domestic airline of Tonga after Peau Vavaʻu.

Peau Vavaʻu

Peau Vavaʻu Ltd was an airline based at the Pacific Royale Hotel in Nukuʻalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga. It operated domestic services. Its main base is Fuaʻamotu International Airport, Tongatapu, with hubs at Lifuka Island Airport and Vavaʻu International Airport.

On August 23, 2008, Airlines Tonga ceased all activity indefinitely, citing its inability to meet rising fuel costs. It does not intend, however to remain out of business permanently. [2]


Airlines Tonga operated services to the following destinations[ citation needed ] :


The airline operates the following aircraft [ citation needed ]:

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  1. 1 2 "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International . 2007-03-27. p. 70.
  2. "Tonga Government trying to figure out extent of financial strife at Airlines Tonga", Radio New Zealand International, September 1, 2008