POLYNESIAN AIR GETS EXEMPTIONS TO FLY TO PAGO PAGO

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 25) - Samoa-based Polynesian Airlines has received the go-ahead from the U.S Department of Transportation to provide domestic flights in neighboring American Samoa.

In doing so, the department granted Polynesian’s application for exemption to rules which prohibit a foreign carrier from flying between two U.S. ports.

Polynesian can now provide regular flights between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands while the local airline, Samoa Air, carries out maintenance for its only aircraft.

Samoa Air’s CEO, Andre Lavigne, says once Samoa Air is back, he expects Polynesian Airlines to pull out.

He also says he believes in providing the service, Polynesian Airlines is being reimbursed for by the American Samoan government.

September 26, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

 

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