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OST-2014-0144 - Polynesian d/b/a Samoa Airways - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands Emergency Exemption

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Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 25, 2014

Application for Emergency Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an emergency exemption that will permit Polynesian to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa,1 for a period of ninety days beginning September 1, 2014.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Today, Polynesian is the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning September 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to begin operations.

It is clear that no US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service for several months. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) had previously provided this service. However, Polynesian is advised IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which will not arrive until sometime in October 2014. As a result, there is no air service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating a severe hardship for residents.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its September 22, 2004, Notice of Action Taken (OST-2004-18365) and subsequent notices, and would have no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

August 27, 2014

Response of Inter Island Airways

Inter Island Airways, Inc. does not object to the application by Polynesian Limited for an emergency and time-limited (90 days) exemption authorizing Polynesian to engage in air transportation of persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and regional airports Fitiuta Airport on the island of Ta’u and the Ofu Airport of the island of Ofu located in the Manu’a Islands of American Samoa.

Inter Island Airways, Inc. requests that it be granted an opportunity to comment should Polynesian file an extension beyond the time-limited (90 days) exemption it is currently seeking from the Department.

By: Alex Sene, 684-633-7002


 

Filed August 25, 2014 | Issued August 28, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beginning September 1, 2014. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which will not arrive until sometime in October 2014. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

We are granting Polynesian’s request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, September 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond September 30, 2014.

By: Susan Kurland




September 23, 2014

Cabotage Extension Request

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 30, 2014, with deferral of the remainder. The circumstances described in Polynesian's initial application have not changed.

Polynesian's application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Indeed, in addition to operating regular service Polynesian has been called upon to provide medical evacuation during the past thirty days. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

October 22, 2014

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation's Notice of Action Taken issued August 28, 2014, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 30, 2014.

The circumstances described in Polynesian's initial application have not changed. Polynesian's application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Indeed, in addition to operating regular service Polynesian has been called upon to provide medical evacuation during the past thirty days. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed August 25, 2014 | Supplemented September 23 and October 22, 2014 | Issued October 28, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, beyond October 30, 2014, through November 30, 2014.

In its August 25 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By: Paul Gretch


 

November 17, 2014

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of ninety days beginning December 1, 2014.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on August 28, 2014, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to ninety days.

Despite the passage of ninety days since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian is still the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning December 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Although Polynesian believed the engine would arrive in October 2014, Polynesian now understands it has not arrived and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its August 28, 2014, Notice of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed November 17, 2014 | Issued November 26, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beginning December 1, 2014. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which was supposed to arrive in October 2014, but did not, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By: Susan Kurland


 

December 17, 2014

Thirty-Day Extension Request

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 26, 2014, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s initial application have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed November 17, 2014 | Supplemented December 17, 2014 | issued December 30, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

In its November 17, 2014 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc. , a U.S. carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian further states that it initially believed IIA would receive the engine in October 2014 but understands the engine has not arrived and it is unclear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a U.S. carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated December 17, 2014, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without U.S. carrier service.

Taking into account the current record, including that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, December 31, 2014, through January 29, 2015, or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond January 29, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

January 16, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 28, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s initial application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During November/December, Polynesian performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported more than one hundred passengers, government employees and engineers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed November 14, 2014 | Supplemented December 17, 2014 and January 16, 2015 | Issued January 28, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, January 30, 2015, through February 28, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first.

By: Susan Kurland


 

February 5, 2015

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of six months beginning March 1, 2015.

Despite the passage of ninety days since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning March 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed February 5, 2015 | Issued February 26, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On August 25, 2014, Polynesian filed an initial application in this Docket for exemption authority to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 90-day period (that is September 1 through November 30, 2014). We subsequently granted its request in three 30-day increments by actions taken on August 28, 2014; September 25, 2014; and October 28, 2014. On November 17, 2014, Polynesian filed a second application in this Docket for exemption authority to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 90-day period (that is December 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015). We subsequently granted its request in three 30-day increments by actions taken on November 26, 2014; December 30, 2014; and January 28, 2015.

We are granting Polynesian’s request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, March 1, 2015, through March 30, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond March 30, 2015.

The absence of US carrier passenger service while IIA’s aircraft is out of service, constitutes an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Based on the record in this proceeding, we concluded that no US carrier had aircraft available that could be used to conduct the operations at issue here. We also found that grant of this authority would prevent unreasonable hardship to the residents of American Samoa.

By: Susan Kurland


 

March 13, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported hundreds of passengers, government employees and engineers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, 2015 | Issued March 26, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian further states that it initially believed IIA would receive the engine in October 2014 but understands the engine has not arrived and it is unclear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, March 31, 2015, through April 29, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond April 29, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

April 10, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13 and April 10, 2015 | Issued April 24, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 29, 2015.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, April 30, 2015, through May 29, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond May 29, 2015.

By: Paul Gretch


 

May 12, 2015

Request for Additional Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued February 26, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through June 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10 and May 12, 2015 | Issued May 27, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 29, 2015.

Previous awards: On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a U.S. carrier can resume operations.

Present Supplemental submission: By letter dated May 12, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without U.S. carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

June 15, 2015

Request for 30-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 29, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service, and Polynesian remains as the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10, May 12 and June 15, 2015 | Issued June 25, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015). On May 27, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is May 30 through June 28, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, June 29, 2015, through July 28, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond July 28, 2015.

We found that this action met all the relevant criteria of 49 USC § 40109(g) for the grant of an exemption of this type, for a period of 30 days, and that the continued grant of this authority was required in the public interest. The absence of US carrier passenger service while IIA’s aircraft is out of service continues to constitute an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Based on the record in this proceeding, we concluded that no US carrier had aircraft available that could be used to conduct the operations at issue here. We also found that grant of this authority would prevent unreasonable hardship to the residents of American Samoa. Finally, we found that the applicant was qualified to perform its proposed operations.

By: Susan Kurland


 

July 14, 2015

Re: Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued February 26, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 27, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without U.S. carrier service, and Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10, May 12, June 15 and July 14, 2015 | Issued July 27, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015). On May 27, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is May 30 through June 28, 2015). On June 25, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is June 29 through July 28, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, July 29, 2015, through August 27, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first.

By: Susan Kurland


 

August 12, 2015

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of six months beginning August 28, 2015.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on February 26, 2015, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to six months (with individual thirty-day grants).

The need for Polynesian’s emergency cabotage service has not abated. Polynesian remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning August 28, 2015, to prevent American Samoa residents from being left entirely without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when repairs will be completed on IIA’s aircraft. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed August 12, 2015 | Issued August 26, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of six months beginning August 28, 2015.1 Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By: Susan Kurland


 

September 14, 2015

Request for Additional 30-Day Extension of Cabotage

Polynesian requests approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 26, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service, and Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, 2015 | Issued October 1, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 26, 2015.

By letter dated September 14, 2015, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

October 2, 2015

Request for Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 25, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continuesto transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is aclear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14 and October 2, 2015 | Issued October 23, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On August 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is August 28 through September 26, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its August 12, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning August 28, 2015. On October 1, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is September 27 through October 26, 2015).

In its August 12, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated October 2, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

November 3, 2015

Request for Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued October 23, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through December 25, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without U.S. carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2 and November 3, 2015 | Issued November 20, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond November 25, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

December 4, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 24, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2, November 3 and December 4, 2015 | Issued December 22, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 25, 2015.

On August 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is August 28 through September 26, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its August 12, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning August 28, 2015. On October 1, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is September 27 through October 26, 2015). On October 23, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is October 27 through November 25, 2015). On November 20, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is November 26 through December 25, 2015).

In its August 12, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated December 4, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

January 4, 2016

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2, November 3, December 4, 2015 and January 4, 2016 | Issued January 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated January 4, 2016, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland



February 3, 2016

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 24, 2016.

The Department of Transportation previously approved numerous similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on August 26, 2015, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to six months, in increments of thirty days.

Despite the passage of six months since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian today remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service,
other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its November 26, 2014, August 28, 2014 and August 26, 2015, Notices of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 3, 2016 | Issued February 22, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 24, 2016. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

March 9, 2016

Request for Cabotage Extension

Polynesian requests approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, 2016 | Issued March 24, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

On February 22, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 24 through March 24, 2016), and deferred action on the balance of its February 3, 2016, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 24, 2016.

In its February 3, 2016 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated March 9, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland




April 4, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued March 24, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9 and April 4, 2016 | Issued April 22, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

On February 22, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 24 through March 24, 2016), and deferred action on the balance of its February 3, 2016, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 24, 2016. On March 24, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 25 through April 23, 2016).

In its February 3, 2016 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated April 4, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service

By: Susan McDermott


 

May 2, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued April 22, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond May 23, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through June 22, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4 and May 2, 2016 | Issued May 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated May 2, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg





May 26, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 20, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 22, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 22, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2 and May 26, 2016 | Issued June 21, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated May 26, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, June 23, 2016, through July 22, 2016, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond July 22, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

June 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued June 21, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond July 22, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 21, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26 and June 28, 2016 | Issued July 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 22, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

Augsut 2, 2016

Request for Additional Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued July 20, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 21, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through September 20, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28 and August 2, 2016 | Issued August 18, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated August 2, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

August 29, 2016

Request for Additional Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued August 18, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 20, 2016 between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 20, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2 and August 29, 2016 | Issued September 16, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated August 29, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

September 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued September 16, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 20, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 19, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29 and September 28, 2016 | Issued October 18, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond October 20, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

October 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond November 19, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through December 19, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the island by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28 and October 28, 2016 | Issued November 17, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond November 19, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

November 22, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 17, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond December 19, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond December 19. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28, October 28 and November 22, 2016 | Issued December 16, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 19, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

December 27, 2016

Request for Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond January 18, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 17, 2017.

The Department approved Polynesian’s exemption application on February 22, 2016, for a thirty-day period, and deferred action on the remainder of Polynesian’s twelve-month request. Since February 22, the Department has approved additional thirty-day exemptions without interruption.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28, October 28, November 22 and December 27, 2016 | Issued January 13, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond January 18, 2017.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

January 26, 2017

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) permitting Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 18, 2017.

The Department of Transportation previously approved numerous similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on January 13, 2017, a thirty-day exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its February 22, 2016, and subsequent Notices of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

January 26, 2017

Support Letter of Governor of American Samoa

The American Samoa kindly requests a Department of Transportation extension of the exemption to Polynesian Airlines to continue to engage in cabotage operations in American Samoa due to the continued absence of US carriers servicing the outer islands of the Territory. The extension of the exemption facilitates the continued provisioning of assistance to mitigate emergency circumstances caused by the lack of service and ultimately remedy the undue hardship to those affected.

Accordingly, I support the granting of the extension of the cabotage exemption to the foreign air carrier Polynesian Airline of Samoa until such a time a US carrier can resume operations. Polynesian Airlines currently holds DOT authority, and is currently servicing the air transportation needs of the residents of the Manu'a Islands.

By: Lolo Moliga


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Issued February 16, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 18, 2017. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

Polynesian states that it has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial 30-day period, with deferral of the remainder of the duration of its request.

By: Susan McDermott


 

February 27, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond March 19, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond March 19, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 27, 2017
Issued March 17, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Taking into account the current record, including that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, March 20, 2017, through April 18, 2017, or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond April 18, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

March 27, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued March 17, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond April 18, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond April 18, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27 and March 27, 2017 | Issued April 18, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 18, 2017.

On February 16, 2017, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 18 through March 19, 2017), and deferred action on the balance of its January 26, 2017, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 18, 2017. On March 17, 2017, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 20 through April 18, 2017).

In its January 26, 2017 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated March 27, 2017, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

April 27, 2017

Requet for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond May 18, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27 and April 27, 2017 | Issued May 18, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 18, 2017.

In its January 26, 2017 application, Polynesian states that there is currently no US carrier service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. Polynesian further states that no US carrier is likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

May 26, 2017

Request for Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 18, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 17, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 17, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond June 17, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27 and May 26, 2017 | Issued June 15, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond June 17, 2017.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Susan McDermott




June 23, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond July 17, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 16, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond July 17, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26 and June 23, 2017 | Issued July 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 18, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

July 28, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 16, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through September 15, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond August 16, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23 and July 28, 2017 | Issued August 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond August 16, 2017.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Susan McDermott




August 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued August 14, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 15, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 15, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond September 15, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28 and August 22, 2017 | Issued September 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 15, 2017.

On August 31, 2017, the Department acknowledged the registration on the new additional trade name “Samoa Airways” under 14 CFR Part 215.

By: Susan McDermott




September 22, 2017

Request for Extension of Cabotage

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 15, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through November 14, 2017.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

October 17, 2017

Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond November 14, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through December 14, 2017.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond November 14, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September and October 17, 2017 | Issued November 9, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated October 17, 2017, Samoa Airways specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Samoa Airways states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

November 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 9, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond December 14, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through January 13, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond December 14, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September 22, October 17 and November 22, 2017 | Issued December 13, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 14, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

December 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued December 13, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond January 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through February 12, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without U.S. carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond January 13, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September 22, October 17, November 22 and December 22, 2017 | Issued January 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond January 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

February 6, 2018

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Samoa Airways remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Samoa Airways continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Samoa Airways has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

Samoa Airways currently operates from its hub, Fagalii Airport in Apia, to Pago Pago in American Samoa and operates on-demand charter services to Maota and Asau Samoa domestic airstrips on the big island of Savaii as well as to other neighboring island countries such as Tonga and Niue utilizing Twin Otter aircraft. Samoa Airways’ fitness and ability to carry out the proposed flight are amply demonstrated through its regular flight operations.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Issued February 12, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 13, 2018. Samoa Airways states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, Samoa Airways understands that IIA has ceased service. Samoa Airways asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

We are granting Samoa Airways’ request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, February 13, 2018, through March 14, 2018, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Samoa Airways’ application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond March 14, 2018.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Joel Szabat


 

February 16, 2018

Re: Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond March 14, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through April 13, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond March 14, 2018. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also fully supported by the American Samoa government, which has submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, 2018 | Issued March 14, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond March 14, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

March 23, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond April 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through May 13, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16 and March 23, 2018 | Issued April 13, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat




April 18, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond May 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through June 12, 2018. The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23 and April 18, 2018 | Issued May 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

May 22, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 11, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 12, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through July 12, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18 and May 22, 2018 | Issued June 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

In its February 6, 2018 application, Samoa Airways states that there is currently no US carrier service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. Samoa Airways further states that no US carrier is likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future.3 In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated May 22, 2018, Samoa Airways specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Samoa Airways states that the circumstances described in its initial application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Joel Szabat




June 25, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued June 11, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond July 12, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through August 11, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22 and June 25, 2018 | Issued July 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 12, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

July 23, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued July 11, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 11, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through September 10, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed July 23, 2018 | Issued August 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond August 11, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

August 20, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 10, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through October 10, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Issued September 7, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 10, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat





September 20, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued September 7, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 10, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through November 9, 2018.

The Department approved Samoa Airways’ exemption application on February 12, 2018, for a thirty-day period, and deferred action on the remainder of Samoa Airways’ twelve-month request.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22, June 25, July 23, August 20 and September 20, 2018 | Issued October 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond October 10, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat




October 22, 2018

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of additional cabotage operations through February 11, 2019, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22, June 25, July 23, August 20, September 20 and October 22, 2018 | Issued November 8, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, through February 11, 2019.

By: Joel Szabat


 

January 18, 2019

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways hereby applies for renewal of exemption authority permitting Samoa Airways to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 12, 2019. Without renewal of this exemption, Samoa Airways will be forced to suspend all service linking the Manu’a Islands with Pago Pago.

Most recently, the Department approved on November 8, 2018, an exemption of 94 days (representing the balance remaining on Samoa Airway’s February 2018 exemption application) permitting Samoa Airways to continue to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Samoa Airways remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Samoa Airways continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Samoa Airways has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Filed January 18, 2019 | Issued February 8, 2019

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 12, 2019. Samoa Airways states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, Samoa Airways points out that IIA has ceased service. Samoa Airways asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Joel Szabat



July 12, 2019

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken dated February 8, 2019, in the captioned docket, and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of additional cabotage operations through February 11, 2020, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 8, 2019, exemption application continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service through February 11, 2020. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also fully supported by the American Samoa government, which has submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

Field January 18, 2019 | Supplemented July 12, 2019

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for cabotage operations for an additional 180 days, i.e., through February 7, 2020.

By: Joel Szabat


 

August 8, 2019

Extension Request of Samoa Airways

Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways hereby confirms that it requests extension of its current cabotage approval through February 7, 2020.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 


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