2 Aug 2006

American Samoan ponders air link designation change

7:13 pm on 2 August 2006

The president of the American Samoan Senate, Lolo Letalu Moliga, says the territory should see that flights to the US be designated as domestic and no longer as international.

The call comes amid a row between the governor and Hawaiian Airlines.

Lolo says on a domestic route, there could be an application for subsidies from the federal government to help pay air transportation costs.

The governor has issued an order to end Hawaiian flying the Honolulu to Pago Pago route.

But Lolo says the Senate is concerned about the implications of the governor's move.

He says it may send the wrong message to future potential investors thinking of doing business in American Samoa.