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repatriation flights

Local residents rally for stranded citizens
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa sent a letter to Congresswoman Aumua Amata last week explaining their plight — that they are residents of American Samoa stranded off-island in “dire financial need” as they wait for a repatriation flight. TTFAAS told...
Air New Zealand plane parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa repatriation flight from New Zealand scheduled for this Friday has been delayed until the 18th of September. The government said the delay had been caused by "flight availability". The flight is designated for returning citizens and seasonal workers. Meanwhile, a repatriation...
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's next repatriation flight from New Zealand has been scheduled for September 11 with the first flight from Australia scheduled to bring back students from China and Japan as well. Next Friday's flight from New Zealand follows the cancellation of a previous flight on August 28...
Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Health is looking at all available options that would allow virus testing in Hawaii for repatriation passengers, who could be quarantined at a location in Honolulu before boarding a charter flight to American Samoa, says DoH Epidemiologist Dr. Aifili...
Members of the ASG Coronavirus Taskforce
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s government coronavirus task force meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed that at least two more repatriation flights to return to American Samoa local residents stranded in Samoa will be needed, but no information as to when such flights will operate....
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — A repatriation flight from Auckland to Apia on Friday is expected to be the last for at least three weeks. The pause will prevent quarantine facilities from being overwhelmed. The Samoa Observer reported that initially there were going to be 15 quarantine sites in Samoa, grouping...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the repatriation flights to bring back home local residents stranded in Samoa will run for this one last week and starting Aug. 1, for a period of two weeks, the flights will bring in specialized workers needed...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Additional repatriation fights have been confirmed to return the rest of local residents stranded in Samoa, to American Samoa. While there has been no official statement from ASG, both Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways confirmed the additional flights on both its websites...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With more local residents stranded in Apia, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved additional repatriation flights so all local residents can be returned to American Samoa along with specialized workers needed in the territory. At Sunday’s government coronavirus task...
DoH staff at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs facility in Pago Pago conducting daily testing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department on Monday issued a public notice explaining “repatriation” as some people from Samoa appear to want to travel to American Samoa for vacations and other purposes. “Repatriation means to return someone to his/ her own country, to return to their home...

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