Airport milestone for Samoa, China’s friendship

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IMPROVED AIR TRANSPORT FACILITATION AND TRADE: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with China's Ambassador, Wang Xuefeng.

IMPROVED AIR TRANSPORT FACILITATION AND TRADE: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with China's Ambassador, Wang Xuefeng. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The Faleolo International Airport upgrade project is now complete.  

The project was officially opened on Thursday during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the diplomatic corps, Cabinet ministers, heads of government ministries and corporations, government officials, business community and members of the general public.  

The upgrade will enable the airport to cater for 600,000 passengers a year, with a passenger through-put of 200 passengers per hour.  

It  has  twice  the  floor  space  from  5,500  square  metres  of  the  old  buildings,  to  12,500  square  metres  for  the  new  one.  

As  illustrated  before  in  the  Phase  I  Opening,  new  technology  such  as  aero-bridges, check-in  equipment  and  counters,  x-ray  machines  both  for  Security  and  Customs  and  Quarantine,  state  of  the  art  flight  information  displays  and  so  on; are  standard  inclusion  into  these  new  terminal  buildings.

The Government envisions that these new buildings will assist tourism growth and boost economic development through air transport facilitation and trade.  

The project cost totalled approximately $147 million and was constructed by Shanghai Construction Group.  

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