A screening equipment has been placed at the Vava’u airport and a scheduled upgrade to its runway would be put into effect soon as part of the airport’s efforts to meet the international aviation security standards.
The upgrade was announced as the Airport company has revealed a planned new international air service to be introduced between Vavaʻu and other countries.
The upgrade included “new bathroom and toilet facilities, new signage throughout the terminal and an upgrade to the check-in counter area”.
The screening equipment would be used to screen passengers and hand-held luggage on departing international flights, a statement from Tonga Airport Ltd said.
“An upgrade to the airport’s runway by McConnell Dowell will begin in early March until the end of June 2015”, it said.
Mr Viliami Ma’ake, the Chief Executive of Tonga Airports Limited said: “we are currently in discussions with Fiji Airways to explore opportunities for direct flights from Nadi to Vava’u and also connecting Vava’u directly to Australia, Samoa, New Zealand and the US”.