|Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he was
informed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that two airport improvement
projects in American Samoa have been approved to receive federal funding.
The American Samoa Government will receive $5,150,000 to extend the runway
at the Pago Pago International Airport in Tafuna and $3,759,629 to extend
the runway at the Fitiuta airport on the island of Ta’u, Manu’a .
Faleomavaega said, “The Tafuna airport runway extension is a major
step forward for us because of the economic possibilities relating to the
ability of large aircraft to land there. As for the Fitiuta airport
runway extension, I am glad that we are taking extra precaution to provide
more safety to the traveling public, especially the people of Manu’a who
fly there regularly.”
By extending the runway at the Pago Pago International Airport,
it will meet the design standards required for large aircraft without weight
restriction. The Fitiuta Airport runway extension will be necessary
to provide additional safety for night operations and emergency medical
flights. It will also make the Fitiuta airport suitable to accommodate
the new generation of STOL (short take off and landing) aircraft.
Faleomavaega added, “I want to commend Mr. Abe Malae of the Port
Administration and his staff for submitting an excellent application for
funding and Governor Tauese Sunia for making these very important projects