HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Oct. 29) – Hawaii-based Aloha Airlines has announced new service to Pago Pago in American Samoa with flights to begin in December.

The airline, to use Boeing 737-700 aircraft, also announced direct connections to Pago Pago form the U.S. mainland and Canada, with flights continuing to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Aloha President Glenn Zander said the new service was in response to community interest.

Aloha’s twice-weekly flights will challenge Hawaiian Airlines, which has provided the only direct service between Honolulu and American Samoa. Hawaiian currenty flies to Pago Pago three times a week.

Travelers in the U.S. Territory have complained bitterly in the past about high air fares and flight disruptions, most recently in late June when Hawaiian suspended service to Pago Pago for two weeks because of a damaged runway.

Zander said Aloha will offer introductory fares of $299 one-way between Honolulu and Pago Pago; and $449 one-way between the U.S. mainland and Pago Pago. Tickets must be purchased before Nov. 11, he said.

October 29, 2003


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