There have been no flights to Manu’a for more than a week now. And plans to get pilots from Samoa this week are not certain.
Talanei reported, that last week one of the two Samoa Airways pilots flying to Manu’a tested positive for Covid and according to the Director of Health Motusa Tuileama the pilot who had been negative has now tested positive.
Finding replacement pilots from Samoa is also proving difficult as they are also testing positive or were historical cases but the Ministry of Health isn’t providing the paperwork to prove they’re not active cases.
Health Director Motusa told KHJ News yesterday they’re hoping to have replacement pilots from Apia tomorrow. But whether this will happen is the airline’s call.
With no air service to Manu’a all of last week, two funeral parties were transported on the MV Manu’atele which made two trios.
Port Director Christopher King says the vessel is also scheduled to make two trips to Manu’a this week.