Hawaiian Air announces a 3rd weekly flight during the holiday season
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines has scheduled extra flights for the usual busy Christmas holiday travel season heading into the beginning of the New Year, while also updating its passenger weight survey data, as required by the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Prior to COVID-19 travel restrictions being enforced in 2020, Hawaiian Airlines had in previous years added extra flights for busy travel summer months — June to late August — as well as during end of the year Christmas/ New Year holiday season.
Samoa News received information from local and off island travelers that they were able to book travel flights on a Wednesday flight in the later part of December and were informed by Hawaiian Airlines that this is a third weekly flight — an addition to the current two weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays.
“The extra flight helps with my family’s planned travel to visit and spend the holiday in American Samoa,” said one traveler, who’s already confirmed coming to Pago Pago with two family members and returning to Honolulu the first week of the new year.
Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex DaSilva confirmed Wednesday afternoon to Samoa News that extra flights have already been scheduled for the upcoming holiday season.
“On Oct. 7, we started selling a third weekly flight, on Wednesdays, that will operate between Dec. 14, 2022 and Jan. 11, 2023 to accommodate higher seasonal demand,” he said via email from Honolulu.
Samoa News also received information that the Honolulu-based carrier is conducting the weight survey of passengers, who are weighed-in during check in at Honolulu and Pago Pago.
“The FAA requires us to update our weight survey data to validate our operational information such as weight and balance as well as fuel burn,” said DaSilva responding to inquiries on this issue. He noted that this is required every two years.
Not yet confirmed at press time is when the weight-in survey started and when it will be completed.