Repatriation flight from American Samoa planned

By Soli Wilson 23 October 2020, 4:00PM

The national carrier Samoa Airways is seeking expressions of interest from the public for potential passengers needing repatriation between the two Samoas. 

Currently, Samoa Airways are only operating domestically, between Savaii and Upolu.

On Wednesday, Samoa Airways sought out Samoan nations stuck in American Samoa and American Samoan nationals in Samoa to register for travel on upcoming repatriation flights between the two countries.

“Interested nationals can register directly with Samoa Airways by sending through their interest,” the statement said.

Interested parties are invited to contact [email protected] or by calling 22172 or 22173 for Samoa.

Passengers’ required information includes their Passport number, full name, mobile contact number and email address.

“Flights details and information in regards to these repatriation flights will be released once we have an approved list of nationals to repatriate and approval from the required state departments for these flights to operate,” the statement said.

Last month, Samoa Airways' inter-island flights were launched at Maota Salelologa, by the Cabinet Development Committee during their Government project inspection.

Samoa’s international borders remain closed in efforts to keep the coronavirus pandemic out of Samoa.

Meanwhile, pre-approved repatriation flights are allowed, operated by Air New Zealand.

Earlier this week, the Government revealed dates for five more flights into Samoa before year's end, including a dedicated charter for citizens in Europe and the United States.

Four flights will run between Auckland and Apia, on Fridays: 30 October, 13 November, 04 December and 11 December.

One dedicated charter flight of 302 passengers will come directly from Los Angeles on Friday 27 November, bringing people back from Europe, North and South America and Hawaii.

The Government says an additional 76 people have registered for the charter flight from Los Angeles but the plane, an Air New Zealand Boeing 787, cannot accommodate them.

They will be able to travel home via New Zealand before the end of the year, a Government statement says.

The most recent repatriation flight came from Australia. The passengers who flew in from Australia left quarantine sites last Friday.

By Soli Wilson 23 October 2020, 4:00PM

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