Fua'amotu International Airport Facts
Fua'amotu International Airport is an international airport in Tonga. It is on the south side of the main island, Tongatapu, 35 km from the capital of Tonga, Nuku'alofa. Although named after the nearby village of Fua'amotu, which is on Tungi's estate, in reality the airfield is located on the Tui Pelehake's estate, closer to the village of Pelehake.
Fua'amotu was originally built in 1942 by a civilian contractor for the US Army. It was intended as a World War II heavy bomber field, and had three coral-surfaced runways. In the late 1970s, it was expanded to permit jet aircraft to use the runways. Fua'amotu is now suitable for up to Boeing 767 size aircraft, but remains closed to larger jets (e.g., 747s).
Fua'amotu International Airport is equipped with VOR/DME and NDB navigational facilities. No ILS is available. Lighting is provided for the runway, apron, and taxiway. International airlines with regular services to Fua'amotu include Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia. Fiji Airways flies Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Nadi and ATR 42-500 aircraft from Suva. Air New Zealand flies Airbus A320 and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from Auckland. Virgin Australia flies a Boeing 737-800 from Sydney and Auckland.