1 Jul 2003

American Samoa jet service may resume on Thursday

5:45 pm on 1 July 2003

Emergency work at Pago Pago airport has been completed, but it is yet to be decided when jet services between American Samoa and Hawaii will resume.

Construction crews worked around the clock to overlay part of the Tafuna runway whose condition had prompted Hawaiian Air to abandon flights last week.

Jet engines were damaged amid claims that runway problems had been left unattended.

A spokesman for the carrier, Keoni Wagner, says flights may continue from Thursday but the Federal Aviation Authority first needs to approve the runway's use, with a team there on Thursday at the earliest.

Hawaiian Air has approval to fly to neighbouring Samoa but some issues are yet to be settled before flights can be started to Faleolo airport.

The problems at Pago Pago have not affected flights by small planes between the two Samoas.