5 Sep 2006

Views sought on Hawaiian Air's Pago Pago service

1:57 pm on 5 September 2006

The Department of Transport in American Samoa says people can have their say next week on the Hawaiian Air petition seeking a ruling on the legality of the governor's executive order to terminate the airlines service to the territory.

The public affairs officer for the Department of Transport, Bill Moseley, says the notice for public comments was published in the federal register on Friday and the deadline for public comments is September the 15th.

Hawaiian Air and other parties have until September the 22nd to reply to the comments.

People have filed varying comments on the DOT website, with the majority supporting the governor's move to bring down airfares, but not necessarily ending Hawaiian's Air's service.

The President of the NGO Common Cause, Trudie Iuli, says Hawaiian Air has been good for the territory and created jobs for many.

However, Dr Iuli says there must be a way to bring down fares so residents can afford the off island travel that's necessary.

She says Hawaiian Air's service is vital especially for young people having no choice but to seek off island education.