20 Sep 2006

American Samoa village supports Governor's firm approach to Hawaiian Airlines

8:47 am on 20 September 2006

The village of Leone in American Samoa has taken an official position supporting the Governor's efforts to seek lower airfares for the Pago Pago-Honolulu route.

The Council of Chiefs for the village has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Transportation or DOT.

It is the first village to file a submission with DOT concerning Hawaiian Airline's petition to DOT for a ruling on the governor's July 26 Executive Order barring the airline from landing in American Samoa.

The council's letter says its clear that there are great inequities in the fares charged by Hawaiian Air, and the fares should be lowered for the sake of a community whose economy cannot continue to afford these rates.