29 Aug 2016

Airfares falling between the Samoas

9:48 am on 29 August 2016

An American Samoa tourism boss says the entry of a new competitor flying between the Samoas is already bringing benefits.

Talofa Airways will open its ticket office last week and will fly the route six times a day from tomorrow.

American Samoa Visitors Bureau chief executive David Vaeafe said their programme has always been to attract more carriers to help build the economy and tourism.

One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft

One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

He said the arrival of Talofa Airways means there will soon be more than a hundred flights a week on the route and the competition with Polynesian Airlines is already benefitting visitors.

"We've already seen the impact of having a new player when the fares have dropped. Both offering return fares of US$150 between the two Samoas. So definitely it's going to generate more traffic."

Talofa Airways flies out of Samoa's international airport and will offer better connections for travellers from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji said Mr Vaeafe.