24 Aug 2006

Samoa PM supports airline move to cut operation costs

9:47 am on 24 August 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister, who was responsible for the downsizing of Polynesian airlines, is in full support of cutting down operation costs for the government-owned airline.

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's support comes before the airline's chief executive's meeting with the pilots association to negotiate salaries and reduce the number of flying pilots.

Polynesian's chief executive Fatu Tielu, says running an airline is a profitable business but it won't be if they don't cut down operating costs.

Fatu says Polynesian is facing tough competition with two other airlines operating from neighboring American Samoa.