Building the highest tower in Tonga

General News

May 28, 2019

Fletcher South Pacific has now constructed the tallest building in Tonga. The team recently completed the construction of a new 15-level Air Traffic Control Tower at Fua’amotu International Airport , which is an impressive 26 metres in stature. 

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, via Tonga Airport Limited, engaged Fletcher to deliver the new Air Traffic Control Tower and associated facilities building after receiving funding from the World Bank. The new tower is one of a series of projects the World Bank is undertaking as part of the Pacific Aviation Investment Programme. 

Over the past 14 months, our dedicated project team has worked tirelessly to complete this project on time and with zero harm to any of the people working in and around the project. 

Not only was the team working on the tallest building in Polynesia, they were also working at the highest point of the Island. Working so high up presented plenty of challenges, with high wind and driving rain creating unpleasant working conditions. 

The correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and good safety practices were the key to managing this work at height, in the inclement conditions. Despite the challenging conditions, the 25-strong, largely local team worked extremely well together. 

Work began on the new tower in February 2018 and was completed in March 2019. The project was well lead by Tonga Branch Manager Josh Collins, with the support of Construction Manager Gary Martin and Contracts Administrator Gary Low. 

Fua’amotu International Airport is located on the south side of Tonga’s main Island, Tongatapu, which is 35 kilometres from the capital Nuku’alofa.