30 Apr 2007

US queries non US citizens working for Inter Island Airways in American Samoa

6:08 am on 30 April 2007

The United States Department of Transportation has deferred its review of Inter Island Airways' application as a commuter air carrier authority until the locally based airline submits a revised list of its key personnel as two of its managers are not U.S. citizens.

The Department's Damon Walker, cited in a letter to Inter Island a provision of the federal regulation which requires that authority to engage in air transportation be held only by citizens of the United States.

He says it appears Inter Island's proposed operations would fail to meet the key management personnel section, since two of the five managing personnel identified for its proposed operations are not U.S. citizens.

The company Director of Operations is a Fiji citizen while the Director of Maintenance is a citizen of Samoa.

Early this year DOT requested additional financial information about the carrier, and Bank of Hawaii informed DOT that the bank has approved a 200-thousand US dollar line of credit for Inter Island Airways Inc., and a 300-thousand US dollar line of credit for Inter Island Vacations Inc.