(18 August 2022, 11:13 +07) Qantas has added the island of Tonga in the South Pacific to its international network.
The airline will operate a weekly flight between Sydney (SYD) and Nuku’alofa’s Fua’amotu Airport (TBU) every Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft.
The four and a half hour flights will be the only direct services between Australia and Tonga.
Flight QF341 is scheduled to leave SYD at 09:30, arriving in TBU at 17:05. The return leg, QF342, is timed to leave TBU at 18:35 and arrive back in SYD at 21:20.
Qantas A330 reg: VH-EBJ. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
Flights can be booked now for travel from 25 August 2022.
The inclusion of Tonga to the international network follows the recent commitment of weekly services to Samoa as the carrier expands its presence in the South Pacific on the back of strong holiday travel demand.
“Since the opening of Australia’s border, we have seen strong demand across our Qantas operated South Pacific services. In fact, Fiji is 50 per cent higher than pre-COVID demand, Noumea is 13 per cent higher and flights to Samoa are performing ahead of expectations,” said a Qantas spokesperson. “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. We anticipate the Tonga services will be well-supported by both Tongan nationals and Australians and are excited to help strengthen family and community connections as well as boost tourism opportunities to this beautiful Pacific island kingdom.”
The flights are subject to government and regulatory approval.