9 Aug 2006

Hawaiian Air unimpressed by American Samoan stance

4:06 pm on 9 August 2006

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman, Keoni Wagner, says it's neither constructive nor reasonable for American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, to place demands on Hawaiian Airlines when the two sides haven't had a chance to sit down and talk.

Mr Wagner says Hawaiian has tried on numerous occasions and in good faith to answer all of the governor's concerns, including sending him detailed information that shows Hawaiian's fares and fees are not discriminatory or unique to American Samoa.

He says the fact that the Governor disagrees with those explanations was the reason the airline's CEO offered to meet face to face, but the governor twice refused that offer.

Hawaiian has retained a local law firm to represent its interests following the governor's executive order to bar the carrier from operating into Pago Pago.