Vir­gin Samoa knock-back

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THE Samoan Gov­ern­ment has de­nied Vir­gin Aus­tralia per­mis­sion to op­er­ate five re­turn ser­vices per week be­tween Auck­land and Apia from 13 Nov.

A Vir­gin Aus­tralia spokesper­son said the car­rier was dis­ap­pointed with the news.

“We are work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to ex­plore op­tions to en­cour­age the Samoan Gov­ern­ment to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion.”

About 6,000 pax booked on the AKL-APW route will be im­pacted.

Vir­gin said it would fly pax to Samoa via Aus­tralia or to other des­ti­na­tions in the Pa­cific, or pro­vide them with a full re­fund.

“As a mat­ter of pri­or­ity, we are work­ing hard to reac­com­mo­date those pas­sen­gers and will be proac­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing with them to­day to dis­cuss their op­tions,” a Vir­gin Aus­tralia spokesper­son said.

VA has is­sued a waiver code BW000078 for changes or re­funds for pax af­fected.

Samoa’s rul­ing will not af­fect Vir­gin’s al­ready-ap­proved twice weekly re­turn ser­vices from Syd­ney to Apia and weekly flights from Bris­bane to Apia which be­gin on 13 Nov.

The news comes af­ter Vir­gin Aus­tralia and the Samoan Govt opted to con­clude their Vir­gin Samoa part­ner­ship, with the Govt elect­ing to start up its own Samoa Air­ways op­er­a­tions ( TD 18 May).

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