POLYNESIAN AIRLINES PICKS UP STRANDED TRAVELERS IN PAGO PAGO

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APIA, Samoa (January 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Polynesian Airlines' new 737-800 jet has made a special trip to the American Samoa capital of Pago Pago to pick up stranded travelers heading to New Zealand.

The airline's local manager said the cancellation of inter-island flights over the weekend due to strong winds prevented large traveling groups headed for to New Zealand from making connecting flights to Apia.

Airline officials hoped to resume services today, but poor weather conditions continue to keep smaller aircraft out of the skies.

The special Pago Pago jet flight was a last minute change by Polynesian’s management to accommodate the stranded passengers, which included church groups and sports teams.

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