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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (August 24, 2001 – Honolulu Advertiser)---Polynesian Airlines is exploring a new route from Hawai‘i to New Zealand via Tonga and Samoa, which have signed an "open skies" agreement to open airline travel between the islands.

The "open skies" agreement was signed by the Samoan and Tongan governments during the Pacific Islands Forum Summit in Nauru earlier this month.

Under the agreement, Polynesian Airlines will create a route originating in Honolulu, stopping in the Samoan capital of Apia, then stopping in Tonga’s Fuamotu International Airport before ending in Auckland, New Zealand, said John Fitzgerald, acting chief executive of the Samoan government-owned airline.

Arrangements for the route are expected to be completed next month, Fitzgerald said.

Polynesian announced earlier that it was adding a second flight between Apia and Honolulu at the end of October, after the delivery of its second B-737-800 aircraft.

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