Minister has "no idea" about Samoa Airways plane
The Minister of Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell has “no idea” when Samoa's flag carrier, the Samoa Airways will have a plane.
He also dismissed reports that Samoa Airways will lease a plane from Singapore.
Responding to questions from the Samoa Observer, the Minister said: “[A] lease from a company in Singapore? No.”
Last month Lautafi told the Samoa Observer there were negotiations with a company in Singapore, as well Qantas in Australia as the Government considers the next step for the national carrier.
It has been a month since the Government ended its lease with Malindo Air and returned the plane and crew. He said earlier the Singapore leasing company has offered a cheaper lease.
He could not divulge the name of the company or the details of the discussions. But he said the Government is also looking at the possibility of using a Qantas aircraft while they iron out details with the Singapore Company.
However, Lautafi told the Samoa Observer on Thursday, he has no idea when we will have a plane.
“When will the plane arrive, no idea,” said the Minister. “When will flights resume, when borders re open and when we have a plane,” added.
Last month, $1 million tala was allocated by the Government for Samoa Airways to pay its outstanding expenses to local businesses.
Lautafi had said the assistance would pay for urgent outstanding bills.