7 May 2014

Tonga air transport review awaited

8:13 am on 7 May 2014

The CEO of Tonga's domestic airline says he has not heard from the World Bank regarding the ongoing review of Tonga's transport industry.

Following the long-standing dispute between New Zealand and Tonga over a controversial aircraft gifted to Tonga by China, the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, and the Tongan Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, announced the industry-wide review in March.

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Photo: RNZ

The MA-60 aircraft is operated by Real Tonga on the Tongatapu to Vava'u route.

New Zealand has maintained a travel advisory on its website as it says the plane was not certified properly and there are wide concerns over its safety.

The CEO of Real Tonga, Tevita Palu, says he has not heard anything from the World Bank, but is happy to work with it.

"I've heard talk about this, from other sources but not from the World Bank. I've seen nothing up to date today. Yes I look forward to assist with all those plans."

Tevita Palu.