26 Jul 2007

Talks on airline service between two Samoas raised

10:52 am on 26 July 2007

The airline service between the two Samoas has been discussed between Fono leaders from American Samoa and Samoa's Prime Minister.

The Territory's House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga were in Samoa to present a resolution congratulating the country's new Head of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

The Fono leaders were informed by the PM that Polynesian's Dash 8 aircraft would be returned to its owners after the South Pacific Games and the airline would acquire two Twin Otters in its place.

Lolo said by the time they met with the PM, the Samoa Government had already approved Inter Island Air's certificate to resume flights to Apia.

The Senate President said its apparent from the difficulty people have had trying to get seats between the two Samoas that the present level of service is not meeting demand.

A spokesman for the airline said yesterday that they would know by next week when Inter Island will begin flying to Samoa.

The Samoa Government last week granted a six month extension to the airline to operate on demand flights to Samoa.