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Fiji, Tonga sign new aviation deal

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

THE interim Government and Tonga have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for air services between the two countries.

Interim Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said a MOU was signed in 1999 between the two parties.

He said it was agreed the designated national carriers of the two countries the right to operate air services with maximum of 350 seats capacity per week with no restrictions to aircraft types or frequencies.

Ratu Epeli said traffic demand to Tonga had increased steadily in the recent past.

"As a result the national carrier for Fiji had sought to increase the seat capacity on the route Fiji/Tonga

"This has been factored into the agreement reached by the two states in March 2008 to increase the seat capacity from 350 to 1000 per week with no restrictions to aircraft types or frequencies and both countries had agreed to this," Ratu Epeli said.

"This new provision will certainly assist or facilitate the movement of tourist between Tonga and Fiji," he said.