18 Mar 2004

Carrier bids for American Samoan role

1:03 pm on 18 March 2004

Inter-island Airways, the local company operating charter flights to the Manu'a islands in American Samoa, is undergoing a reorganisation as it attempts to establish itself as a scheduled carrier.

The company has informed the governor about the moves and has alerted the territory government about the possibility that its sole aircraft may be put out of commission for a few days for inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A company official says this may occur at the end of the month and Inter Island Airways would be suspending flights between Tutuila and Manu'a.

In recent correspondence from the governor to the Legislature, Governor Togiola Tulafono said that Polynesian Airlines would be asked to come to Manu'as rescue.

Polynesian's cabotage exemption to service the Tutuila-Manua route expired in late January and there's been no information on where the airline has reapplied.