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Tonga : TONGA takes up $31m upgrade to airport runways

August 13, 2014

Civil works to resurface and strengthen the runways at Fua amotu and Lupepau u International Airports is to begin from this year, and should be complete in 2015. The pa anga project worth $31 million is financed by the World Bank through the Tonga Aviation Investment Project under the Pacific Aviation Investment Program.

To begin the civil works, a contract on Tuesday 12 August was signed by Aisea Taumoepeau, Chair of the Tonga Airports Ltd. Board, and Mike Buckland of MacConnell Dowell Australia at the Waterfront in Nuku alofa.

According to Viliami Ma ake the CEO of Tonga Airports Ltd, the major investment is expected to facilitate economic growth and sector expansion. Increased international flights and new travel routes would prove to be a boost to tourism and commercial activities in Tonga.

Main work will be to resurface and strengthen both runways, he said, adding that, We expect it to be completed for Fua amotu around October next year, and for Lupepau u in Vava u earlier, around June 2015.

No flight disruption were expected during the work, he said, however, there could be inevitable disruption incase if airlines changed or delayed flight schedules. He adds, We will talk with them to confirm that they keep to their schedules because works would be done at a certain period and we need hours to clear up the runway and equipment for flights to land.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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