Airport parking ticketing machine goes offline for upgrade

The Faleolo International Airport's parking ticketing machine has been offline since last month, enabling visitors to the airport to park for free due to the non-working machine.

The Samoa Airport Authority placed a notice on the ticketing machine's payment vending outlet at the airport, to advise that it was "out of order" as it was undergoing an upgrade.

The Samoa Observer made queries with the Authority on Wednesday and was advised by General Manager Silimanai Ueta Banse Jr. Solomona that the upgrade "has taken longer than expected".

“The car park system was withdrawn to allow for a system upgrade. Due to technical difficulties, this took longer than earlier anticipated. However, the upgrade has been completed and the system will resume operations on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 12:00pm,” he said in an email response.

Samoa's international aviation gateway has undergone a major upgrade funded by the Chinese government, the World Bank and the Samoa government over the last two years. 

The airport's new features include an apron extended from 31,000 square meters to 45,000 square meters, which the World Bank funded at a cost of US$19 million and three new aerobridges costing a total of of US$1.78 million which was picked up by the Chinese government. 

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