Inter-Island Airways' "Manu'a Airlines" to begin flights in Dec.
The airline established to serve the Manu’a Islands will start commercial services in early December, according to a Radio New Zealand report.
The carrier will use the government owned aircraft, Segaula after 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 $140, while the airfare between Ofu and Fitiuta is $20.
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