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Fuaʻamotu International Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Tonga
Airport typePublic
OperatorMinistry of Civil Aviation
ServesNuku alofa, Tonga
Elevation38 m (126 ft)

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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 Tungī's (the king's) estate, in reality the airfield is located on the Tu i Pelehake's estate, closer to the village of Pelehake (which did not yet exist as a village during the early aviation days).

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 (114.5) and NDB (245) 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, Air Pacific and Pacific Blue Airlines. 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. Pacific Blue have begun flying a Boeing 737-800 to Fua amotu from Sydney and Auckland.

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