The new service between Nadi and Vava'u will be operated twice per week, with ATR 72-600 aircraft. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen, said, “The new route offers a seamless addition to Fiji Airways ’ South Pacific network. The Tongan culture is guided by values that are rooted in family and respect; visitors are treated more like family than tourists. This ethos is aligned with Fiji Airways mission – just as we welcome you to our home when you step on board, Tongans welcome you to their tropical paradise when you arrive.” Vava’u is located 568 miles southeast of Nadi, Fiji. This northern region of Tonga has more than 60 islands surrounded by coral gardens, remote beaches, and breathtaking lagoons. The new flight schedule offers easy connectivity from Fiji Airways ' international gateways, with especially short connectivity for its North American travellers connecting through Nadi, Fiji. It also makes it convenient for former Vava’u residents now living in the United States to return home.