27 Oct 2011

American Samoa airline yet to respond to government lawsuit

4:22 pm on 27 October 2011

A local airline in American Samoa has yet to respond to a government lawsuit amounting to almost 400,000 US dollars.

The American Samoa government claims that Inter Island Airways owes it a total of 383,000 dollars of backdated fees.

Our correspondent Monica Miller says the outstanding passenger facility charges alone add up to more than 103,000 dollars.

"The lawsuit stems from the failure of Inter Island Airways to pay fees that are written into the tickets. The law requires Inter Island Airways to collect the fees and pay the money over to the American Samoa Department of Port Administration, which overseas the airport. In addition to that there are landing fees that have not been paid dating back to November 2003."

The government says futile efforts to collect the fees have left them no option but to take the matter to the court.