Samoa airport chief refutes Poly Air allegations
The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Airports Authority, Magele Hoe Viali has rejected claims from Polynesian Airlines that the Fagali’i Airport would be closed if the management of it is handed back to the Authority.
Magele makes the point in a letter to the Editor submitted for publication yesterday.
“Taua’s continuous advertisements that Polynesian is now profitable from operating Fagali’i airport means that his airline is not making money from its core business, which is to operate the airline,” Magele writes.
The letter is in response to claims by the Chief Executive Officer of Polynesian Airlines, Taua Fatu Tielu, made in an article titled “Poly rejects conflict claim” published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan, 08 September 2013.
In the story, Taua rejected the claim that it is a conflict of interest for Polynesian to run an airline and operate an airport at the same time.
“We opened the airport for us to help with the aviation business,” said Taua. “We operate just like every other airport…if other airlines come in they have to comply with the rules that we impose - just like Faleolo the airlines have to comply with AA rules.”
Taua then said he is concerned that if the Airport Authority takes over the airport, they will shut it down.
“That’s what happened in the past,” said Taua. “AA closed it down because they wanted the aircrafts to utilise the Faleolo airport. And if they decide to give it to AA, the government obviously doesn’t want us to be profitable.”
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