Domestic services

Real Tonga airline says no room for second airline

Tevita Palu's comments came after Tonga Airways was refused an operating license and its passengers had to fly on Real Tonga's aircraft.

Mr Palu said they carried about 200 passengers who had bought tickets from Tonga Airways this week.

Tonga Airways is a partly Tongan, partly foreign owned venture and was aiming to provide a second air service for Tonga and said it would bring cheaper airfares than the existing operator, Real Tonga.

Tonga Airways still intent on getting service off the ground

RNZ reports its board chairperson, former cabinet minister Samiu Vaipulu, said it was disappointing that the Aviation Minister Semisi Sika chose not to grant approval for Tonga Airways to start its domestic service using chartered Fiji Airways aircraft.

But he said they intended to continue pressing for the approval to launch the service.