15 Jan 2014

American Samoa to woo more airlines

6:15 am on 15 January 2014

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has pledged to explore the possibiltiy of new airlines flying to American Samoa.

He says he will be writing to Air New Zealand, Virgin Blue Australia , Fiji Airways and possibly Asian airlines to extend services to Pago Pago.

Aside from inter island carriers, Polynesian and Inter Island Air, the only other airline that flies to American Samoa is Hawaiian Air, which operates two weekly flights from Honolulu.

Lolo said in his state of the territory address that he will pursue a cabotage waiver to allow non-US airlines to fly to the territory.

The cabotage law prohibits a foreign carrier from flying directly between two US points.