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A Virgin Australia 777-300ER departs from Sydney Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Samoan Government Blocks Virgin Australia Flights to New Zealand

Over 6,000 passengers had their travel plans thrown into chaos this week when the Government of Samoa blocked Virgin Australia from commencing their five-times weekly service between Apia and Auckland, New Zealand. The route, due to start on Nov. 13, was scheduled to operate five times a week between the two Oceania nations. The Australian carrier had been in partnership with the Samoan government on a subsidiary airline Virgin Samoa, which is due to cease operations on Nov. 12. The…