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HAL flight suspensions for American Samoa extended 30 more days

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has, again, requested and Hawaiian Airlines is, again, granting the suspension of flights between Honolulu and American Samoa for another 30-days as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Hawaii and other states.

The governor’s first request was made late last month in which the airline endorsed it for 30-days up to Apr. 27th.

In a letter on Wednesday, Apr. 15th, the governor requested Hawaiian president and chief executive officer, Peter Ingram for an additional 30-day  suspension of flights, “making June 1, 2020 a possible target date to resume” flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago.

“I understand fully the gravity of this request not only for the operational viability of Hawaiian Airlines, but also for the many American Samoan residents stuck in Hawaii and other states, along with U.S citizens waiting for the chance to leave,” the governor said.

Hawaiian vice president of corporate communication, Ann Botticelli told Samoa Newson Thursday, “We did receive the letter and we will, of course, respect the Governor's wishes.”

She says an official response letter to the governor, granting the request, has been sent.

See Monday’s edition for details.