Qantas is expanding its presence in the South Pacific with the addition of Tonga to its network, providing a new tropical destination for Australian travelers to explore.
Following the recent reopening of Tonga’s borders, Qantas will operate a weekly flight between Sydney and Fua’amotu Airport in Nuku’alofa. 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 scheme. These flights maintained critical passenger and cargo connections as international borders were closed. From today, passengers can book a flight directly on qantas.com with services operating every Thursday to Tonga.
The inclusion of Tonga in the international network follows the recent commitment of weekly services to Samoa as Qantas strengthens its presence in the South Pacific islands due to strong demand for holiday travel.
Qantas will initially operate one flight a week with an A330 aircraft between Tonga and Sydney alongside the Samoa service.
Flights to Tonga are on sale on Qantas.com from $866 return. Qantas frequent flyers can earn and redeem Qantas Points on Tonga flights as well as Tier Credits.
Quotes from a Qantas spokesperson
“Since the opening of the Australian border, we have seen strong demand on our South Pacific services operated by Qantas. In fact, Fiji is 50% higher than pre-COVID demand, Noumea is 13% higher and flights to Samoa are performing better than expected.
“These flights will help Australia-based South Pacific Islanders visit family and friends, while giving travel-hungry Australians a choice of Pacific neighbors to explore.
“We anticipate that Tonga’s services will be well supported by Tongan nationals and Australians alike and we are delighted to help strengthen family and community ties as well as boost tourism opportunities in this beautiful Pacific island kingdom.”
International flights are subject to government and regulatory approval.