Samoa's government has confirmed that passenger services from Auckland to Apia will now begin Friday 29 May.
It is the first in a series of five fortnightly flights to return nationals and residents, although more are expected.
This week's flight will go ahead but with cargo only.
Government data showed there were over a thousand people waiting to return to Samoa.
Beyond New Zealand, Samoa's foreign office said there were nationals across Australia, Asia, North America and neighbouring Pacific countries.