POLYNESIAN AIRLINES INCREASES FARES BETWEEN AMERICAN SAMOA AND SAMOA

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 15, 2001 - PIDP/CPIS)---Polynesian Airlines has increased the cost of a ticket between American Samoa's main island of Tutuila and Samoa.

Polynesian's American Samoa station manager, Vaitoa Hans Langkilde, said the increase of $4 went into effect on February 1.

The current round-trip fare to Fagalii Airport is $110; to Faleolo International Airport $120; and to Maota Airport on Savaii $141.

Vaitoa said the fare increase was due to the increased cost of jet fuel, an increase that has been felt around the world.

Tutuila based Samoa Air implemented similar fares late last year.

"We have held out as long as we could to help travelers," said Vaitoa. "But fuel costs continue to increase."

Both Samoa Air and Polynesian operate an average of five flights a day to Fagalii Airport on Upolu.

Flights into Faleolo are generally scheduled after dark or when the Fagalii Airport is closed.

Besides daily flights to the Manu'a islands group, Samoa Air also operates four flights a week to Maota Airport (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), while Polynesian operates three flights (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).

Polynesian also operates flights to Asau, Savaii - a domestic airport - connecting through Fagalii Airport.

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