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The Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP) is a regional aviation program being funded by The World Bank (WB). The Program will be implemented in four phases over a five to ten year period commencing with Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu on Phase 1. Future phases are anticipated to include, Samoa, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The total investment for the Program is approximately USD114M; commencing with Phase 1 investments of USD22.91M for Kiribati with an additional funding of approximately USD18M funded by the Government of Taiwan; USD27.2M for Tonga; USD17.85 for Tuvalu and USD20M for Samoa with an additional USD8.02M through the European Investment Bank (EIB).

PAIP focuses on three main areas;

  1. Infrastructure investments;
  2. Aviation sector reform; and,
  3. Strengthening the operations and management of regional airports.

All three areas are essential to the achievement of the development objective. Each of these three areas forms components of the Program.

  1. 1. Component A: Aviation Infrastructure Investments

This component will invest in the aviation infrastructure so international airports are able to meet the ICAO safety and security standards, while preserving and extending the service life of existing airport assess. It will also contribute to regional safety and security through the introduction of improved regional navigation and communication technologies. The focus will be on improving safety and security as well as operating efficiency.

  1. 2. Component B: Aviation Sector Reform and Training

This component will support sector reform both regionally and within each participating country, although the projects for each country will be driven by the current status of reform efforts and local conditions. With financing from the Government of Australia (GoA) through the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), the regional reform activities will include preparation of a business plan for PASO, with the main focus on its ability to meet its objective of improving regional aviation safety and security, and then financing PASO services for participating countries. There is a strong training/capacity building program: (i) support to the Line Ministries and CAAs; (ii) training programs, including regional training activities to maximize the benefits; and (iii) industry training through secondments.

  1. 3. Component C: Strengthening Airport Operations and Management Capacity

This component will assist the countries to manage and operate their airports, given domestic capacity constraints. With financing from the GoA through PRIF, it will also undertake regional studies into: (i) aviation supply; (ii) how to sustain regional aviation infrastructure; and (iii) managing revenue from the upper air space.

  1. 4. Component D: Project Support

This component will finance the support required by the various parties involved in the Program. This will include: (i) incremental operating costs (IOC) for the Program countries to implement their project; (ii) the costs of Project Support Teams (PSTs) in each country; (iii)

A key feature of PAIP is its unique implementation structure which focuses on the establishment of a centralized Technical and Fiduciary Services Unit (TFSU) based in Tonga which leads Program implementation across the Region.

Commencing in 2012 with its Phase 1 countries, PAIP is currently in Year 2. Actual infrastructure works for runway overlays, terminal buildings, installation and upgrade of navigational aids and satellite communication networks are expected to comment tendering at various states in FY 13/14, with civil works planned to roll out through FY 13/14 and 14/15.

The PAIP program and investments have also attracted the attention of the wider Pacific Island region and other development partners. It is anticipated that this will result in wider regional investments in the sector designed to complement the initiatives underway in our PAIP countries and to provide further boost the operational and regulatory safety and security levels across the Pacific Island region as a whole.

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Welcome to Tonga Airports. On this web site you will find current flight schedules and important information, travellers pack and travellers guide to visiting Tonga.

Tonga Airports Limited is a wholly owned public enterprise of the Government of Tonga and operates 6 airports throughout the Kingdom. We aim to provide a safe and efficient airport environment that is both welcoming to travelers and commercially successful for our airline and business partners.

We are continually upgrading our airports to offer improved customers facilities while ensuring they remain fully compliant with all international regulations. By doing so we aim to encourage increased passenger traffic and aircraft movements and thereby contribute to the growth and development of the nation.

Tonga Airports Limited is a team of over 130 dedicated & skilled people, spread over six islands, committed to the safety and enjoyment of the traveling public. We look forward to providing all travellers with services of an international standard, and greeting them in true Tongan style.


Tonga Airports Limited was established on July 2nd 2007, under the governing legislation of the Public Enterprises Act 2002, and the authority granted by the Instrument of Delegation under section 5 of the Civil Aviation Act 1990.

TAL operates the 6 airports of Tonga, and is held accountable to the standards and regulations of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, to New Zealand Civil Aviation laws and the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines. It is a member of the Airports Council International.


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  • To provide a safe, secure & competitive civil aviation environment that encourages airlines to service Tonga in increasing numbers
  • To provide  pleasant, efficient ,safe and friendly customer experience that is identifiably Tongan and that encourages growth in passenger numbers
  • To build our commercial business that meets the needs of our customers and builds sustainable revenues
  • To operate profitably; in a manner that enables the constant reinvestment in infrastructure while returning an acceptable dividend to shareholders

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TAL is an invaluable asset to the Kingdom of Tonga. We are Tonga's "gateway to the world".

All persons visiting and using the airports are our Customers.
We will provide quality services that are welcoming, and that enhance the convenience and enjoyment of travelers and those greeting them or bidding them farewell.

Businesses serving the airports are our Partners.
We will provide an efficient, commercial environment and work in close cooperation with our partners to ensure our mutual success.

The safety of our Customers and Partners is our critical concern.
We will meet and exceed all standards and regulations relating to airport operations.

Our Staff are the key to our success.
We will meet our goals through the skill, commitment, resourcefulness and hard work of everyone at TAL. We will facilitate the development and recognize their achievement.

Profitability is our business objective.
We will operate a successful enterprise that allows us to invest in the future. This benefits all our stakeholders: customers, partners, owners and staff.

TAL operates the 6 airports of Tonga, and is held accountable to the standards and regulations of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, to New Zealand Civil Aviation laws and the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines. It is a member of the Airports Council International.

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Board of Directors


'Aisea Taumoepeau
Dr Masasso Paunga
Tevita Va'inga Palu
Dr Malakai 'Ake
Michael Bloomfield


Executive Management


Viliami Ma'ake Chief Executive Officer
Poasi Tei Deputy CEO / Chief Finance and Administration
Kinitoni Mafi Airport Superintendant
Tino Fuka Chief Operations Officer
Sione Takapautolo Chief Technical & Support Officer


Senior Management


Sosefo Ngungutau Chief Aviation Security Service
Sililo ‘Ali Chief Rescue Fire Service
Fatani Teisi Chief Air Traffic Services
Norma Lavemai Manager Quality Assurance
Lomani Tongotongo Manager Aviation Information Services
Loseli Mausia Accounts Manager


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The Kingdom of Tonga, “The Friendly Islands”, is made up of some 170 plus Islands scattered across more than 700,000 square miles of the world’s bluest ocean and beautiful people.


In the 237 years since Captain Cook’s first visit, the reception travellers receive has not changed. You'll find Tongans live up to Cook’s epithet “The Friendly Islands” with their natural warmth and gentle approach to life. You'll also discover Tonga is a great place for fantastic adventures. We guarantee you won’t visit Tonga once: you'll come back again and again.

Geography

Tonga is located in the heart of the South Pacific lying east of Fiji, south of Samoa and north of New Zealand; a chain of 176 islands covering a distance of approximately 500km in a North/South orientation. Tonga is situated between Latitudes 16 and 23o South at approximately 174o West. It lies directly to the West of the international dateline; being the first country in the world to greet the new day.

Tonga is divided into 4 distinct groups. The Tongatapu group is the most populated and farthest south. It is Tonga's cultural centre and home to the capital, Nuku'alofa. The central Ha'apai group lies approximately 120km north, an archipelago of low coral islands surrounding soaring volcanoes. Another 120km north is the Vava'u group, Tonga's main tourism hub with it's magnificent islands and natural harbours. And in the extreme northern reaches are the Niuas, an isolated trio of volcanic islands 500km from Tongatapu. The groups vary considerably from each other in their natural landscape, in culture and tradition and in the attractions and activities available for tourists, making visits to the outer islands (as Ha'apai, Vava'u and the Niua's are collectively known) an essential part of a trip to Tonga.


History

Tonga is an ancient Polynesian country of 171 islands with a history of human settlement extending back 3000-3500 years. Tonga's monarchical (Tu'i Tonga) tradition is over 1,000 years old; and at times has extended to include territory in parts of Fiji, Niue, the Samoans and Tokelau. European contact with Tonga dates back to 1616 and early contacts included Abel Tasman and James Cook.

Tonga's contacts with the international community were extended through Wesleyan and Catholic missionaries who were active in Tonga from the 1790's. Taufa'ahau, the nephew of the ruler of Ha'apai, was baptised in 1831, taking the Christian name Siaosi (George) Tupou. Tupou became ruler of Ha'apai, Vava'u and Tongatapu following the deaths of his relevant relations. Tupou united Tonga under the name King George Tupou I and established the current royal family line in Tonga. Tupou, with Wesleyan missionary Reverend Shirley Baker, drafted laws which, inter alia, prohibited serfdom and foreign ownership of land, and led to Tonga's Constitution of 1875.

The 1875 Constitution marked the formal establishment of Tonga as a nation state. Unlike other Pacific countries, Tonga was never colonised by a European power. From 1900 to 1970 Tonga was, however, a signatory to Treaties of Friendship and Protection with Great Britain. In 1970 Tonga's protectorate status ended and it became a fully independent state within the Commonwealth. The royal line has remained unbroken since 1845. King Taufa'ahu Tupou IV died in September 2006 after a reign of 40 years. His mother Queen Salote Tupou III ruled for 47 years, from 1918 until 1965. The present King is His Majesty King George Tupou V. His formal coronation took place on 1 August 2008.


Population

Approximately 110,000


Time Zone

Tonga is just west of the international dateline and 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Climate

From December to April, the weather is hot and humid, with considerable rainfall and an average daytime temperature of 28o Celsius. The cool dry season, with average day time temperatures of 24o Celsius, runs from May to November. Trade winds during the season make for pleasant days and cool nights.


Electricity

Electrical power is 240 volts using plugs common to Australia & New Zealand.


Communication

Country code +676. International roaming is available for those traveling with a mobile phone. Pre-paid SIM cards are available from the two mobile phone operators, TCC and Digicel. Public phones require a prepaid cards which are commonly available at retail outlets. Some public phones can be found that allow international credit card calling. Internet cafes can be found in all major centers.


Currency

The Tongan pa'anga (TOP$) equals 100 seniti (cents). Notes are in the denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Approximate Exchange Rates: 1 pa'anga = 0.5 USD, 0.6 AUD, 0.7 NZD


Money

Banks are present in the main centers as are ATM's accepting international debit/credit cards. Major credit cards are accepted at most major hotels and some restaurants and stores. Travellers' cheques are widely accepted at major banks and hotels


Tipping

Tongans do not expect tips, although no offence will be caused if special service is rewarded in this way.


Religion

Tonga is a devoutly Christian country - the Sabbath is declared sacred in the Tongan Constitution. With the exception of bakeries and a few restaurants catering to tourists, Tonga is shut on Sundays.


Dress

Tourists are advised to dress modestly in respect of Tongan tradition. Swim suits are fine at the beach (although most Tongans swim with their clothes on) but not in town or at public venues.


Post Office

The Post Office is located on Taufa'ahau Road in Nuku'alofa. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4pm.


Taxes

Consumption Tax (CT) of 15% applies to imports and domestic supplies of good and services.

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New!

Check out the latest Vacancy Available for TFSU and Tonga Airports Limited, Click on the page Pacific Aviation Investment Program or Vacancy Page to find out more.

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Pacific Aviation Program- Resurface Runways & Markings Tonga & Tuvalu Roads. Click on the page Pacific Aviation Investment Program to find out more.

PRESS RELEASE - July 2012

Tonga Airports Limited is pleased to announce that it is currently implementing the Tonga Aviation Investment Project (TAIP) as part of the regional Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP)

For more information click on this link: Press Release July 12


PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed revision to the car park charges at Fua'amotu International Airport.

Click here for more information: Car Park

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