31 Oct 2013

American Samoa's new Manu'a Islands airline to begin flights

2:37 pm on 31 October 2013

A new airline established to serve the Manu'a Islands in American Samoa will start commercial services in early December.

Manu'a Airlines will use aircraft from the government owned airline, Segaula.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in July between the government and Inter-Island Airways, allowing it to take over operations of the aircraft.

Under the agreement, Inter-Island will be required to have at least one flight per day to Ofu, which has not had commercial air service for five years.

Inter-Island stopped flying to Ofu airport because it said the runway is too short for its aircraft to land and take off safely.

The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, said at the time of the MOU's signing that a roundtrip between Tutuila and Ofu will cost one-hundred-and-forty dollars, while the airfare between Ofu and Fitiuta is twenty dollars.