23 May 2017

Virgin Australia mulling over next step in Samoa

6:16 am on 23 May 2017

Virgin Australia is reviewing its options after the Samoa Government's decision to end their decade long joint venture.

In a statement, Virgin Australia confirmed the Virgin Samoa joint venture will not continue after the 12th of November this year.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said in his radio address that an extension of the joint venture licence would give Virgin Blue enough time to prepare to leave.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said there are a few reasons for ending it, including re-establishing the national carrier, Polynesian Airlines.

"The Prime Minister has told the media on his radio programme about the so many complaints about the increase in fares, local hotels aren't happy with the flow of tourists coming into the country because of the airline's not good service," he said.

"I understand that with 10 years of this joint venture I think the government has learned a lot."

Virgin Australia said it would provide an update on operations and timing in due course and any affected travellers would be contacted to discuss their options.

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Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia