24 Feb 2017

Polynesian granted waiver for American Samoa domestic flights

8:42 pm on 24 February 2017

In accordance with current federal law, the US Transportation Department has granted just a 30-day cabotage waiver for the Samoa Government-owned Polynesian Airlines to operate neighbouring American Samoa's domestic flights.

A Polynesian Airlines Twin Otter aircraft at Fagali'i Airport.

Photo: Alan Lebeda

Polynesian has been operating flights between Tutuila and the Manu'a islands - Fitiuta Airport on Ta'u island and Ofu Airport on Ofu island - since 2014, due to the lack of a US registered carrier for the territory's domestic air service.

Last month, Polynesian sought a 12-month exemption so it would not have to apply every month.

But in a decision last week the federal government granted 30-days, allowing flights through to 19 March.

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