Cabinet kicks off inter-island flights
Samoa Airways' inter-island flights were launched at Maota Salelologa on Thursday, with the arrival of the Cabinet Development Committee before its inspection of Government projects in Savai’i.
Two weeks ago, new Samoa Airways flights to and from Savai'i were cancelled due to a lack of demand, a spokesman for the airline said.
It was the second time the new inter-island route was cancelled at the last minute.
The Samoa Observer understands that the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, was unable to attend the committee’s two-day visit.
On Thursday morning, along with other Government officials, departing from the Faleolo Airport.
Upon arrival at the Maota Airport, the Cabinet Ministers were treated to a breakfast and presentations by the Samoa Tourism Authority and Land Transport Authority.
This was followed with a tour of the Afu Aau Waterfalls in Vailoa Palauli and a visit at the Gataivai Water Supply System.
Next stop on the Ministers’ tour was the Lata Plantation Development at Taga where the committee was able to inspect livestock, water, vegetables and beehives.
The committee also inspected a road development at Satuiatua, on their way to another checkpoint at Satuala Development's taro and ava farm in Neiafu as part of a joint presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Samoan Agriculture Business Support Services.
Also on the agenda for the Ministers: the Samoa Coconut Cluster at Vaisala and the Vaisala road development.
Following lunch at the Vaimoana Seaside Lodge, the group visited the Broadband Seismograph Station and the Forestry Masamasa-Falelima National Park in Asau.
The next stop was the Laauoleola Nature walks and Garden Toilets in Aopo and a drive by the Asau Airport.
The last stop for the group on Thursday was at the Samoa Asau Port.
The group’s visit will continue on Friday starting with inspection of the road status from Patamea to Fusi Safotulafai.
This will be followed by a visit to the District Hospital in Satupaitea and a driveby at the Samoa National Provident Fund building site at Salelologa.
The first visit by the committee in Savaii this year was conducted in January prior to the opening of the 37 meter long Mali'oli'o Bridge with a new 2 km connecting road at Samalaeulu.