Airport steps up to meet international standards

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CHINA HELP: Ambassador Wang Xuefeng with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

CHINA HELP: Ambassador Wang Xuefeng with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

The Samoa Airport Authority has taken a step closer to reach its goals of meeting international airport standards with regards to emergency services. 

It happened last week when the Samoa Airport Authority opened their Training and Emergency Operation centre and their new Mechanical Workshop at Faleolo.

The opening was well attended.

The buildings cost $3 million tala and funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China under the Terminal Buildings Upgrade Project and built by Shanghai Construction.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi attended the opening and congratulated the Airport Authority for the milestone. 

China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, was also present. He said China is always proud to be of help to Samoa.

The Emergency Operation Centre (E.O.C.) is the first of its kind to be built since the Samoa Airport Authority’s establishment in 1986. 

This upgrade for the Airport Authority is in an effort to meet International Airport standards and best-practices in terms of having dedicated training rooms and an Emergency Operation Centre. 

The main Training Room can accommodate up to 50 participants with the E.O.C’s capacity at 30 participants.  

In addition to the conference spaces are two other separate meeting/training rooms still within the new building and its purpose is to cater for future training programs that the Airport Authority had identified in its 2017 Training Needs Analysis.  

Further to these developments is the new Mechanical Workshop which was built to accommodate the big Fire Tenders that the Authority has but have been unable to repair and maintain inside the old workshop.  

This Mechanical Workshop also serves as a storage facility for the Authority.

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