Qantas plots flights to Samoa and Tonga

The airline plans to serve the Pacific islands from Sydney and Brisbane.

QANTAS Airways has applied to the International Air Services Commission for almost 1,000 seats a week to Samoa and Tonga.

The application pertains to 594 seats per week to Samoa from Sydney and Brisbane, using an Airbus A330, and 348 seats to Tonga from Sydney, utilising a Boeing 737.

The allocation is requested for five years from the date of determination, and will be fully utilised by December 30, Qantas said.

The services would provide certainty for passengers to Apia and Nuku’alofa, the capitals of Samoa and Tonga respectively, to where Qantas currently operates non-scheduled flights.

The IASC is now inviting other applicants for capacity on the route, with a closing date set for November 14.

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