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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 Tonga.
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 here.