ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Dec. 19) - Polynesian Airlines has withdrawn one of its twice-weekly services from Auckland to Niue.

The airline, which has been facing technical and crew downtime problems over the past few weeks, withdrew flights scheduled for December 19, 22 and 26.

All the flights to and from Niue are full and there could be some delays in passengers getting off the island.

The airline said it hoped normal twice-weekly services will resume on December 29.

Meanwhile, the Pago Pago-based carrier Samoa Air has filed for bankruptcy protection in a court in Southern California. The tiny airline regularly flew its King Air and Twin Otters to Niue in the 1990's, when the island was left in limbo following the collapse of services by Air Nauru and the ill fated Niue Airlines.

According to Samoa Air's CEO, Andre Lavigne, the latest move was to maximize the chance of the airline to return to its service in American Samoa.

The bankruptcy allows the airline to reorganize under the court's protection from creditors.

Lavigne says events of the last few weeks made it clear that the advantage of doing this far outweighed the disadvantages.

Samoa Air stopped flying in September after it failed to acquire another aircraft to replace a single Twin Otter, which was due for maintenance.

Mr Lavigne says there is no immediate change to the company and it is still pursuing various options in order to return to service in early 2004.He says the airline management is working with major creditors and they will receive notice from the courts about the bankruptcy filing.

December 25, 2003

Niue News: http://www.niuenews.nu/


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