Govt. celebrates $102.4million airport projects

The Government celebrated the completion of development projects at the Faleolo International Airport to the tune of $102.4million on Wednesday night.

Funded by the World Bank, the developments include runway lights, new air traffic control communication systems, fire trucks, rescue boats, generator systems, new airfield light cabling, new fibre optic ring and the runway and apron.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi hailed the developments as a milestone achievement in Samoa's quest to establish a sustainable infrastructure that will facilitate "our journey towards sustainable development."

"We are here to launch all the completed airport development projects that were funded by the World Bank Group. As some of you are aware the total investment in these airport projects is SAT$102,469,137.64," Tuilaepa said.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the support of the Pacific Regional Infrastructural Facility for funding the consultancy services contract provided through the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Division of the  Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I).

The programme components include the replacement and upgrading or the airport runway lights, the Air Traffic Control Communications system, the procurement of two fire trucks, two rescue boats, two generator systems, provision of new airfield light cabling as well as a new fibre optic ring.

"Importantly is also the completion, including sealing, drainage works and extension of the runway and apron," he said.

According to the Prime Minister, all of the upgrading works were deemed critical given the lengthy period involved in the implementation of maintenance schedules over time and finding the resources for such works.

"The airside initiatives complemented by the already completed landslide developments assisted by the Government of China have ensured that we now have a quality airport infrastructure," Tuilaepa said.

"Again I wish to reiterate the appreciation of the Government to all our development partners involved in this program to ensure safe and secure travel for our people.

"In conclusion please join me in turning on the lights of the Faleolo Airport Christmas Tree in the form of the Control Tower. I take this opportunity to wish you all and Samoa a peaceful and safe festive season."

The Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papliitele Niko Lee Hang, and representative of the World Bank Saoleititi Maeva Betham Vaai cut the ribbon to officially launch the projects. 

Saoleititi commended the Government of Samoa for achieving this key milestone.

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