Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen stated, “The new route offers a seamless addition to Fiji Airways’ South Pacific network. The Tongan culture is guided by values that are rooted in family and respect; visitors are treated more like family than tourists. This ethos is aligned with Fiji Airways mission – just as we welcome you to our home when you step on board, Tongans welcome you to their tropical paradise when you arrive.”
Vava’u is located 568 miles southeast of Nadi, Fiji. This northern region of Tonga has more than 60 islands surrounded by coral gardens, remote beaches, and breathtaking lagoons. A tropical playground with pristine turquoise waters awaits visitors year-round that seek adventures in snorkelling, kayaking, off-road trekking, kite surfing, sailing, diving, and big game fishing. But the island’s most fascinating attraction is whale watching. From June to November, visitors can observe, and even swim with, the Humpback whales that have returned to care for their young in Tonga’s warm waters.
The new flight schedule offers easy connectivity from their international gateways, with especially short connectivity for the airline’s North American travellers connecting through Nadi, Fiji. It also makes it convenient for former Vava’u residents now living in the United States to return home.