Air New Zealand operated a special repatriation flight
between Auckland and Tonga on Tuesday.
The flight was the first that Air New Zealand has operated to transport passengers between New Zealand and Tonga since
COVID19 border restrictions were introduced.
All passengers on the repatriation flight were
required to take a COVID19 test four days before travel and carry
proof of a negative result.
On arrival at Fua'amotu International
Airport in Tonga, all passengers were required to enter a
14-day quarantine at locations nominated by the Government of
Air New Zealand Senior Manager Pacific Islands
Brent Roxburgh, said, "There are a large number of Tongan passport
holders who have been in New Zealand for an extended period of
time due to COVID19 related border restrictions. Air New Zealand
is pleased to be working closely with the Tongan government to
help facilitate those wanting to return home."
Air New Zealand is already working with the
Government of Tonga on the next repatriation flight. Customers who
wish to travel to Tonga are advised to register their interest
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