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Tonga receives TOP$1 million in upper airspace revenue
00:20 am GMT+12, 11/08/2017, Tonga

Tonga's share from the upper airspace fees operated by New Zealand is more than TOP$1 million (more than US$464,000) a year.  
 
CEO of Tonga Airport Limited, Viliami Ma'ake said Tonga's upper air space was more than 30 - 40 thousand feet.  
 
Tonga has a corridor where aircraft travelling from Australia and New Zealand use to travel to the United States and Canada.  
 
Tonga's upper airspace runs from the West of Minerva to Niue.     
 
In a related development, Tonga's second inter island ferry has left Auckland bound for Tonga.  
 
Chairman of the 'Eua Sea Transport Council, Paula Vehituai says the Maui double hull ferry is due to arrive in Nuku'alofa this evening.
 
MV Maui was initially scheduled to arrive in Tonga during the Royal Agriculture show last month but was deferred for technical reasons.
 
The MV Maui is estimated to cost about TOP$1.7 million (just over US$789,000) and is being jointly funded by the people of 'Eua and a loan from the Tonga Development Bank.  
 
The new ferry has an average speed of 24 miles per hour, similar to the MV Maggie that operated in Tonga last year.

SOURCE: RADIO& TONGA NEWS/PACNEWS


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