29 Apr 2013

American Samoa tourism body favours lower airfares

10:31 am on 29 April 2013

The American Samoa visitor's bureau says it's a good move by the government to look at all options to bring down air fares between Honolulu and Pago Pago.

A standard return flight ticket from Pagopago to Honolulu costs 1,200 US dollars.

The Visitors Bureau executive director, David Vaeafe, says it's important to consider what's happening out in the marketplace and what's available.

He says the Bureau has an air marketing services study underway being carried out by a US company.

"With only one US carrier, Hawaiian airlines flying Honolulu, twice a week, and three other carriers now coming between the two Samoas, if we are to seriously grow tourism we need to really look at how we can develop further the aviation connection."

David Vaeafe says one thing the study has found is that there is interest from other carriers but he says it comes down to the rules and regulations of flying into a US Territory.

He says the government and Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin are working on this issue.