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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 22, 2002 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---American Samoa's Samoa Air will resume scheduled flights to Vava‘u, Tonga this week, after having had to suspend them for more than three months.

Director of Operations Paul Bailey said the first flight is due to leave 9 a.m. Tuesday American Samoa time, crossing the dateline and arriving in Vava‘u on Wednesday Tongan time.

Resumption of Vava‘u flights is made possible with the availability of a second Twin Otter plane.

The new aircraft also will permit Samoa Air to add extra flights to neighboring Samoa and to Manu‘a in American Samoa.

While Samoa Air's Tonga flights were suspended Pago Pago-Vava‘u passengers had to go to Apia, then fly to Nuku‘alofa on Polynesian Airlines before flying to Vava‘u on Royal Tongan Airlines.

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