11 Oct 2013

Samoa PM says airline boss resignation result of cabinet decision

9:37 am on 11 October 2013

Samoa's Prime Minister says the resignation of the CEO of Polynesian Airlines was prompted by his cabinet's decision to transfer the management of the Fagalii International Airport.

The Government has transfered the management of the airport to the Government's Airport Authority.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, told reporters the decision for the Authority to manage the airport will give equal opportunities to both Samoa Air and Polynesian Airlines to operate and use the facilities.

Tuila'epa says the airline's chief executive, Taua Fatu Tielu, stepped down because of what he believed was right.

The Prime Minister says the CEO was unhappy with the cabinet decision but the Government has a broader view for fair competition between the airlines using Fagalii Airport.

Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Air are operating flights from Fagalii Airport for travel between the two Samoas.

Samoa Air also operates flights from the airport to Savai'i.