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Lulutai Airlines is a new startup state-owned airline, to be based at Tongatapu in Tonga. Lulutai Airlines will be a state-owned airline, providing flights on behalf of the government.

In the first phase of its launch strategy, Lulutai Airlines will start by operating domestic routes within Tonga. It will do so with a S340B(Plus) and Y12 aircraft. The Government of Tonga also owns a MA-60, which Lulutai Airlines will also be able to use after refurbishments to the aircraft are completed.

An alternative to 'REALtonga': REALtonga was a domestic airline that operated domestic flights within Tonga. However, the airline ceased operating in 2020. It is not yet known whether Lulutai Airlines will resume some of the routes previously operated by the REALtonga.

Looking to book flights within Tonga? Here at Alternative Airlines, we ticket over 600 global airlines, including carriers within Tonga. You can book your international flights to Tonga, as well as your flights within Tonga, all in one place. Airlines we ticket include Fiji Link and Talofa Airways. You can also buy flights in Tongan Paanga! Use the search bar at the top of the page to begin your search today.

Baggage Policy

Lulutai Airlines hasn't announced its baggage policy yet. Once this information is available this section will be updated.

Carry-on Baggage

It is not yet known what the baggage allowance will be for passengers. Prohibited items need to be stored in checked baggage, including any fluid that exceeds 100ml.

Checked Baggage

The carry-on baggage allowance has yet to be announced. Carry-on baggage must fit in the overhead lockers and under the seat in front. No prohibited items should be transported in carry-on baggage. Prohibited items may be confiscated by the immigration department or security staff.


Lulutai Airlines doesn't offer online check in so passengers must check in at the airport.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is not currently available.

Airport Check-in

In order to complete check-in, passengers will need to head to the check-in desks at the airport. However, the airline has yet to announce what the recommended check-in times will be.

Frequent Flyer Programme

The airline does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program. We'll update this section if Lulutai Airlines joins an airline alliance.

Alternatives to Lulutai Airlines

The following airlines operate flights to/from Nuku'alofa Fua'Amotu International Airport.

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Hub Airport

Nuku'alofa Fua'Amotu International Airport

Fuaʻamotu International Airport (IATA: TBU) is an international airport serving the capital of Tonga, Nukuʻalofa. International airlines to operate regular services to Fuaʻamotu include Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways. Fiji Link and Talofa Airways also operate flights to the airport.

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Lulutai Airlines has plans to operate scheduled passenger flights to a number of domestic destinations within Tonga.

The airline has yet to announce what destinations it plans on flying to. In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of alternative airlines below, to discover airlines that operate similar routes.


The airline will commence flights using a fleet of Saab 340 and Y12 aircraft. The Saab 340 will be the primary aircraft, and is a twin turboprop aircraft, designed to seat at least 30 passengers.

Frequently asked questions

Where does Lulutai Airlines fly?

Lulutai Airlines is a new startup airline, scheduled to commence flights from Tongatapu Airport in Tonga. The carrier, which is owned by the government of Tonga, will operate domestic scheduled passenger flights within Tonga.

How do I book Lulutai Airlines flights?

As it is a new airline, it is not yet possible to book Lulutai Airlines flights. In the meantime, you can book domestic flights within Tonga though Alternative Airlines. There are only a small number of scheduled passenger flights available within Tonga. To see what flights are available, you can use the search bar at the top of the page.