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Vavaʻu International Airport, also known as Lupepauʻu International Airport, is located 10 km north of the capital Neiafu on the Island of Vava'u.

It is an international airport however scheduled international flights operate infrequently with the majority of flights arriving in Tongatapu. Charters and private aircraft may still use the International facilities at Vava'u airport by contacting Tonga Airports Ltd.

Flight time is 50 minutes to Tongatapu, 30 minutes to Ha’apai and a little over one hour to both Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’u. 

 

Airport Location and Contact

Country

Tonga

Province or District

Vava’u

Nearest Town or City 
with Distance from Airport

Neiafu   

Distance: 10 km

Airport’s Complete Name

Vavaʻu International Airport

(aka Lupepauʻu International Airport)

Latitude


-18.58528

 

Longitude

-173.9617

 

Elevation (ft and m)

236 feet, 72 meters

IATA Code

VAV

ICAO Code

NFTF

Managing Company or Airport Authority

Tonga Airports Ltd

Management Contact Person

Seini Tokolahi

NGO and/or UN Presence at Airport?

No

Airport Picture

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.

 

Performance for 2015

 

Per Year

Per Month

Per Day/

Total Aircraft Movements

2168

130 – 230

5 - 10

Total Passengers

34748

1400 - 4000

51 - 150

Total Capacity of the Airport (MT)

80

6

0.25

Current Activity of the Airport (MT)

35

2 - 4

0.07 – 0.15

Current use by Humanitarian Flights (UNHAS)

NIL

NIL

NIL

There is no mechanical handling equipment at the airport because there are very limited international flights. ATS has manual handling with trollies only.

Runways

Runway #1

Runway Dimensions

1705 m x 30 m 

Orientation

08 / 26

Surface

Tar or asphalt mixed in place, oiled
ConditionGood

Runway can be used from either heading.

Helicopter Pad(s)

Helipad #1

Present (Yes / No)

Yes

Largest helicopter that can land

Any

Width and Length (metres)

50 x 100 

Surface

Grassed areas and asphalt apron 

Airport Infrastructure Details

Customs

No

JET A-1 fuel

No

Immigration

No

AVGAS 100

No

Terminal Building

Yes

Combined

Single Point Refueling

No

Passenger Terminal

Air Starter Units

Yes

Cargo terminal

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes

Pax transport to airfield

Yes

Ground Handling Services

Manual

Control Tower

Yes

Latrine Servicing

No

Weather Facilities

Yes

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)

No

Catering Services

No

De-icing Equipment

No

Base Operating Room

Yes

Parking Ramp Lighting

No

Airport Radar

No

Approach & Runway Lights

No

NDB

Yes

VOR

Yes

ILS

Yes

 

 

Airport Operating Details

Operating Details

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo

No bulk handling equipment available 

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet

No pallet handling equipment available 

Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)

2,750 m2

Storage Area (mand MT)

Nil

Handling Equipment

Elevators / Hi Loaders

 

No

Max Capacity (MT)

3

Max Height

(m)

 

Loading Ramps

No loading equipment for use on ramps

1.       Y12E – Can land and takeoff 

2.       BN2A  - Can land and takeoff 

3.       SAAB340 – Can land and takeoff 

4.       MA60 – Can land and takeoff

5.       J32 – Can land and takeoff 

Weight Limitations:

1.       Y12E: MCTOW – 5670 kg (17 seats non pressurize)

2.       BN2A: MCTOW – 2994 kg (9 seats – non pressurize)

3.       SAAB340: MCTOW – 12930 kg (34 seats – pressurize)

4.       MA60: MCTOW – 21800 kg (52 seats – pressurize)

5.       J32: MCTOW – 7350 kg (17 seats – pressurize)

Customs Guidance

There is only one international flight a week scheduled (ex-Fiji), otherwise there are no customs required at the airport. Extra customs people will be flown from Fua’amotu Airport on a needs basis.

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

Storage Facilities

There are no storage facilities available

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

Nil

Nil

Nil

Fuel Services Charges

No refuelling at all. This reduces the passenger loading of incoming aircraft. There are plans to have refuelling capacity comprising 2 x 10,000 litre above ground tanks serviced by a 5,000 litre trailer making regular trips to and from Nukualofa. This is planned to be in place late December 2016.

 

Price per Litre USD - $

Jet A-1

n/a

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

Perimeter is fenced. No past security issues.