12 Jul 2005

American Samoa administration considering its own airline

10:22 am on 12 July 2005

American Samoa's Governor says his administration is exploring the possibility of setting up its own airline as a solution to periodic problems in providing adequate air services to the territory.

Governor Togiola Tulafono revealed this in his weekly radio programme while reporting on efforts by his office to assure that soldiers deployed to Iraq are able to fly home for leave.

The governor said adequate air services were pivotal to the territory's economic development and the government is exploring the feasibility of chartered flights and is still trying to persuade Aloha Air to resume service to the territory.

The governor said the government waas still looking at the possibility of stablishing its own airline.

He said American Samoa must resolve its air service needs instead of depending on others.