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Sunday 21 August 2022

Are Australian travellers ready to embrace Tonga?

Can Tonga be the new Bali or Fiji?

Qantas hopes so.

The Australian flag carrier is expanding its South Pacific presence with the addition of Tonga to its network, offering a new tropical island destination for Australian travellers to explore.

Following the recent reopening of Tonga’s borders, Qantas will fly weekly between Sydney and Nuku’alofa’s Fua’amotu Airport. The four and a half hour flights will be the only direct services between Australia and Tonga.

Qantas has been operating services since December 2020, supported by the Australian Government’s Pacific Flights Program.

These flights have maintained critical passenger and freight links while international borders were closed. As of now, passengers can book a flight directly on with services operating every Thursday to Tonga.

The inclusion of Tonga to the international network follows the recent commitment of weekly services to Samoa as Qantas grows its presence in the South Pacific Islands off the back of strong holiday travel demand.

Qantas will initially operate one flight a week with a A330 aircraft between Tonga and Sydney alongside the Samoa service.

Flights to Tonga start from $866 return.

“Since the opening of Australia’s border, we have seen strong demand across our Qantas operated South Pacific services” said a Qantas spokesperson

“Fiji is 50% higher than pre-Covid demand, Noumea is 13% higher and flights to Samoa are performing ahead of expectations.

“These flights will help Australian-based South Pacific Islanders visit family and friends back home, as well as providing travel hungry Australians a choice of Pacific neighbours to explore.”

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