Samoa’s national flag carrier, Samoa Airways plans to begin flying to Los Angeles (LAX).
American Samoa governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga confirmed to local broadcaster Talanei the carrier’s intention to begin flying to Los Angeles.
The Governor highlighted that it addresses the challenging transporting issue faced by the territory. In order to bypass the US cabotage rules, the route would go from Pago Pago first to Apia Faleolo before heading on to LAX.
Samoa Airways currently have no flights between Samoa and the US mainland.
There were 184,440 Samoan people in the United States stateside population, including those who have partial Samoan ancestry – with about one-third of Samoan origin reside in California, according to the 2010 U.S Census.