3 May 2010

American Samoa looks at Pago Pago airport development

6:35 am on 3 May 2010

A two-storey terminal building, new cargo offices, larger parking lot, and extension of existing runways, are some of the capital improvement projects included in a 20 year master plan for Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa due to be completed in August.

A final review of the plan has been conducted by a technical review committee, which included airport users.

An airport engineer, Chris Soti, says the plan provides a road map of all development need to accommodate future aviation demand at Pago Pago International Airport.

The projects are to be carried out incrementally in five year periods beginning this year up to 2030.

Mr Soti says the airport master plan will greatly enhance the territory's efforts to get funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for expansion of the airport.

Some of the key parts of the plan are new terminal buildings, a new apron, relocating the fuel tanks near the airport parking lot, construction of cargo offices where the ASPA scrap metal yard is located, and extension and resurfacing of existing runways.

The airport master plan was developed by a mainland company AECOM, form Orange County, California.