19 Dec 2014

American Samoa Govt ends link with Manu'a Air

3:02 pm on 19 December 2014

The American Samoa Government has taken back its 9-seater aircraft from Manu'a Air, a new locally based company which had promised to have the plane federally certified.

A government agreement with the airline was signed in July last year to operate the plane, after undergoing Federal Aviation Administration Certification so that the plane can carry paying passengers to the Manu'as.

However, Samoa News says the Port Administration has terminated the agreement with Manu'a Air after it failed to keep its promise to put the plane in service within a certain time frame.

The governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga had written to the company saying he had bent over backwards to give it sufficient time to get the plane operational.

Meanwhile, the Port Administration director Dr. Claire Poumele says the plane will now go to a new local airline called Tausani Air.