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Airport snafu leads to temporary scheduling changes for Hawaiian Air

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines “has had to re-time our flight schedule” and moved arrivals and departures to the daytime at Pago Pago International Airport. This scheduling change will be in effect until the later part of July, according airline’s spokesperson Ann Botticelli, adding that the change begins tomorrow, Monday, Apr. 23.

So instead of night flights on Mondays and Thursdays, the flight arrivals and departures at the Tafuna airport are now daytime on Tuesdays and Fridays - arriving at 6:30a.m from Honolulu and departing two hours later.

“This is due to the FAA's need to replace the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Pago Pago International Airport,” Botticelli said Saturday via email from Honolulu. “Parts are expected to arrive later this summer [for the ILS].

“Until the ILS is repaired, our pilots are required to land our aircraft using visual references,” she explained. “Because safety is our priority, we will be altering our flight schedule to allow our aircraft to take off and land (in American Samoa) during daylight hours.”

See Monday’s edition for details