11 Nov 2005

American Samoa urged to encourage Hawaiian Air to increase flights

9:35 am on 11 November 2005

American Samoa's Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga says the territorial Government must be willing to compromise and provide incentives to help Hawaiian Air offer the frequency of flights that the territory needs,at affordable cost.

Lolo says the government could provide concessions to the airline on landing costs or lease of airport facilities.

He says concessions would help bring about lower airfares on the Honolulu-Pago Pago route.

Lolo has suggested Governor Togiola Tulafono meet the airline's management to discuss the matter.

He says all the territory's efforts to advance economic, social and political goals will be an exercise in futility if it fails to secure a reliable and affordable air service.