AM SAMOA CONGRESSMAN QUESTIONS AIR FARE HIKE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 12) - American Samoa
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has written to Hawaiian Airlines asking for
an explanation for its substantial fare increases.

Faleomavaega says the fare hikes were completely unanticipated,
and gave travel agents and travelers in American Samoa little time to prepare
for the transition.

He said prices had gone up by around 26 percent for a flight
between American Samoa and Hawaii but left fares for other routes unchanged.

Faleomavaega said the new schedule meant Hawaiian Airlines
prices were now substantially higher than comparable routes between Apia and
Honolulu.

A spokesman for Hawaii Airlines, Keoni Wagner, said the higher
operating costs for the Pago Pago route has resulted in the increases.

Hawaiian Airlines is the only commercial passenger airline
operating in American Samoa.

May 13, 2003

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