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Repatriation flight delayed

A planned repatriation flight for American and Australian citizens stranded in the country scheduled for next Monday has been delayed for 48 more hours due to bad weather.

The notice of delayal was confirmed by the Consular Section of the United States of America Embassy in Apia in an email.

"We regret to inform you that the repatriation flight scheduled for Monday 6th April has been postponed for 48 hours due to a cyclone heading towards Vanuatu," the email reads.

"For everyone's safety we must postpone the flight. We will send you the updated flight schedule as soon as we receive it and remind you not to make non-refundable reservations for your onward connections and the situation can change."

Earlier in the week, the U.S. Embassy in Samoa advertised that citizens wanting to leave are able to tentatively book a seat onto a flight for around US$757 (T$2,101).  

The American chartered flight cancellation also affects Australian intending to fly out on Monday 6 April.

The Australian High Commission in Apia, in a post on its Facebook page on Thursday, alerted its citizens and residents that the flight will transit through Brisbane before going to Honolulu.

They were also notified of what they are required to pay US$757 ($2,101 tala) for the one-way flight to Brisbane.

The High Commission emphasised that the flight is commercial and they had no control over the airfares.

The offer has also been opened to Kiwis who are currently residents in Australia under the Subclass 444 visa category.  

Australian Senator, Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Alex Hawke, the Minister for the Pacific, said in a press release that Australia’s high commissions and embassies across the Pacific remain open. 

They have also ensured that essential Australian advisers – in health and frontline services – have been able to stay and continue their work with the Pacific Governments. 




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