Qantas moves to shore up Pacific

QANTAS has moved to shore up its network in the Pacific, confirming plans to commence scheduled services to Samoa and Tonga.

Following the recent reopening of Tonga’s borders, the carrier confirmed it would fly weekly between Sydney and Nuku’alofa’s Fua’amotu Airport, becoming the only direct services operating between Australia and Tonga.

Qantas has been operating services since December 2020 with the support of the Federal Government’s Pacific Flights Program.

Meanwhile the airline has also lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission (IASC) seeking an allocation of 594 seats per week on the Samoa route for a five year period.

Qantas said the proposed capacity would be fully utilised by 30 December this year, with plans to operate twice weekly Airbus A330 flights between Sydney/Brisbane and Apia.

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