20 Oct 2015

US looks to improve internal air routes in American Samoa

6:44 pm on 20 October 2015

The US Department of Interior is proposing draft legislation to improve transportation within American Samoa.

Assistant Secretary Esther Kia'aina says the bill will provide reliable and sustainable air service between Tutuila and the Manu'a Islands.

She says the lack of reliable transportation between the islands inhibits tourism, impedes access to education and health services and generally limits opportunities for full economic potential.

Currently there are no US air carriers providing service on the route.

A foreign carrier has been authorised to provide emergency service capability but under current law, the carrier is required to submit an application every 30 days.

The proposed legislation calls for an exemption to that requirement.