6 Jun 2013

Polynesian Airlines reports higher interim profit

1:48 pm on 6 June 2013

The Samoan carrier, Polynesian Airlines, says it has made more than 650,000 US dollars in the 10 months of this financial year up to the end of April, almost doubling last year's profit.

The state-owned airline flies between Samoa and American Samoa, with take-offs from Faleolo and Fagali'i airports.

In the 10-month period the company operated almost the same number of flights as last year's total, carrying close to 45,000 passengers.

Last week, it paid a 24,000 US-dollar dividend to the government, which was five per cent of its net profit for the last financial year.

The CEO of Polynesian Airlines, Taua Fatu Tielu, says the re-opening of Fagali'i Airport in July 2009 was the key to the success.

Fagali'i AIrport provides a shorter distance for flights to American Samoa than Faleolo Airport.

Other airlines flying between Samoa and American Samoa are Pago-Pago-based Inter Island Airways and Apia-based Samoa Air.