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Fuaʻamotu International Airport (IATA: TBU, ICAO: NFTF) is located on the south side of the main island, Tongatapu, 21 km from Nuku’alofa.

International airlines with regular services to Fuaʻamotu include Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and Virgin Australia. Air Pacific fly Boeing 737-800s from Nadi and Suva. Air New Zealand flies Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-300s, and Boeing 767-300ERs from Auckland. Virgin Australia fly a Boeing 737-800 from Sydney and Auckland.

There are separate International and Domestic terminals; a shuttle bus service between the terminals is available . Regular domestic services are operated by Real Tonga to Vava’u, Ha’apai & ‘Eua, less frequent services are operated to Niuatoputapu and Nuiafo’ou.

 

Airport Location and Contact

Country


Tonga

Province or District

Tongatapu

Nearest Town or City 
with Distance from Airport

Nuku’alofa

Distance: 21 Km

Airport’s Complete Name

Fuaʻamotu International Airport

Latitude


-21.241214

 

Longitude

-175.149644

 

Elevation (ft and m)

126 feet, 38 meters

IATA Code

TBU

ICAO Code

NFTF

Managing Company or Airport Authority

Tonga Airports Ltd

Management Contact Person

Silio Ali

Open From (hours)

 

3 hours before and after scheduled take-off and landings

 

Open To (hours)

Airport Picture

1 = Terminal building

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Tonga Airports Ltd (TAL) maintains and manages airport operations and infrastructure. This includes cargo screening for the airlines. Air Terminal Services (ATS) is responsible for all ground handling.

Real Tonga operate all domestic flights within Tonga’s islands.

For information on Tonga Airports contact details, please see the following links: 

4.2.5 Tonga Airport Company Contact List

4.2.1 Tonga Government Contact List

 Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: AZ Freight Website information on Tonga

Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator

 There are no reported issues with current performance. Resources appear adequate for current volumes. and there are plans to upgrade facilities progressively in future.

Volumes peak in January (cargo 92,000MT, Passengers 98,000).

 

Performance for 2016

 

Per Year

Per Month

Per Day/

Total Aircraft Movements: International

Domestic

4,064

848

70

300

2

11

Total Passengers: International

Domestic

180,000

111,000

15,000

9,000

500

3,300

Total Capacity of the Airport (MT)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Current Activity of the Airport (,000 MT)

737

50-60

TBC

Current use by Humanitarian Flights (UNHAS)

NIL

NIL

NIL

Cargo capacity is adequate for current volumes, there are minor infrastructure improvements planned such as a chiller facility (2017-18) for export fresh fish.

Runways

1. Asphalt runway in good condition recently upgraded

Runway #11/29

Runway Dimensions

2681m x 45m

Orientation

11 / 29

Surface

45 / F / B / X / T - Asphalt

Fuaʻamotu Bitumen runway is PCN 45/F/B/1.1Mba/T and operates B 767-300ER restricted (ICAO Category 8). Project exists to upgrade to 9 in the coming years.

2. Grass runway in good condition. 

Runway #17 / 35

Runway Dimensions

1509m x 115m

Orientation

17 / 35

Surface

Grass


Helicopter Pad(s)

There is an asphalted apron area that could be used as a helipad. Area available will depend on whether other aircraft are parked on apron.

Helipad #1

Present (Yes / No)

Yes

Largest helicopter that can land

All

Width and Length (metres)

220 x 75

Surface

Asphalt

There is abundant space for heli-landing using grass fields around runways and aprons.

Helipad #2

Present (Yes / No)

Yes

Largest helicopter that can land

Any

Width and Length (metres)

Unlimited

Surface

Grass


Airport Infrastructure Details

Airport and equipment is functional, equipment. There are no issues noted.

 Fuaʻamotu International Airport is equipped with VOR/DME (114.5) and NDB (245) navigational facilities. No ILS is available. Lighting is provided for the runway, apron, and taxiway.

There are plans for cargo chiller (fresh fish) to be constructed 2017-18.

Customs

Yes

JET A-1 fuel

Yes

Immigration

Yes

AVGAS 100

Yes

Terminal Building

Yes

Single Point Refueling

Yes

Passenger Terminal

Yes

Air Starter Units

Yes

Cargo terminal

Yes

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes

Pax transport to airfield

Yes

Ground Handling Services

Yes

Control Tower

Yes

Latrine Servicing

Yes

Weather Facilities

Yes

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)

Yes

Catering Services

Yes

De-icing Equipment

No

Base Operating Room

Yes

Parking Ramp Lighting

Yes

Airport Radar

Yes

Approach & Runway Lights

Yes

NDB

Yes

VOR

Yes

ILS

Yes

 

 

Airport Operating Details

Operating Details

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo

B-767, B777-300

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet

B-767, B777-300

Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)

1.5  km2

Storage Area (mand MT)

300 m2

Handling Equipment

Elevators / Hi Loaders

 

Trepel

Max Capacity (MT)

3

Max Height

(m)

10

Commander (x 2) Max Capacity (MT) 7
  Max Height (m) 3.55

Loading Ramps

Yes

Customs Guidance

Customs officials are at the airport as required by flight schedules. They are on site 3 hours before scheduled departures and 3 hours after scheduled arrivals. Customs are generally efficient and honest with no unnecessary delays. Humanitarian flights will be given priority.

All border control and passenger immigration services are facilitated by ATS Tonga who operates all ground handling services.

For more information on customs in Tonga, please see the following link: 1.3 Tonga Customs Information

Storage Facilities

 

There are 2 storage facilities.

 Storage Facility A is within the airport closed facility, located approx.150 m west of the main airport compound. This facility is already in use by the airport ground handler (ATS) In an emergency situation it may be used, however it is now fully utilised by ATS. The semi-closed hall is about 150 m².

 Storage Facility B is just across the fence. It is approximately 150m². The quarantine department and customs offices are within this building. There is no excess space for storage available.

 There is no other storage space available at present.

Airfield Cost

Charges below are for international flights.

NOTE THESE CHARGES ARE WAIVED FOR AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN DISASTER RELIEF

Navigation Charges

Charges

Aircraft Weight - MTOW (kg)

 

0 - 7,000

7,001 - 136,000

136,001 and over

Navigation (per journey) USD - $

(Payable to Air Services Australia Ltd)

$ 25 / T

n/a

n/a

Landing USD - $

$ 3.64 / T

$ 3.64 / T

 

Night Landing USD - $


 


After hours charge $ 302

 

 

Night Take-Off USD - $

Parking

3-8 hours

$2.50 + .50c/hr. thereafter

3-8 hours

$30 + 3.50/hr. thereafter

 

Handling Charges

 

 

 

Fuel Services Charges

Pacific Energy supplies fuel. Price is set by the GoT.

TAL has a charge per litre.

 

Price per Litre USD - $

Jet A-1

US$ 0.01

Avgas

n/a


Cargo Terminal Charges

Services offered are basic only, hence many are not included /available in the table below.

Import Charges

Type of Charge

Rate USD - $ per kg

Comments

Handling Charge

 On application

Charges are by the job lot not per Kg

and prices only given on application

Break Bulk Fee

 On application

 Charges are by the job lot not per Kg

Diplomatic Mail

N/A

Service not available

Strong Room – per consignment

N/A

Service not available

Cold Storage Fee

N/A

Service not available

Delivery Outside Normal Working Hours

N/A

Service not available

Preparation of substitute AOA – Invoice – Receipt

N/A

 

Storage per Day

$60.00

 

Export  Charges (USD -$)

Handling Charges – Un-palletized Cargo

N/A

 

 

International Air Waybill

$70

 

Local Air Waybill

$22

 

Air Way Bill Amendment - Cancellation

N/A

 

Air Way Bill Documentation

$70

 

Diplomatic Mail

N/A

 

Storage Charges per Day

$60

 

Air-bridge Charges

There are no air-bridge services available. 

Security

Security personnel are on duty 24/7. There have been no security issues raised in the past. Airport is to NZ and ICAO Certification Standards. Perimeter is fully fenced.