Faleolo International Airport to undergo an extensive facelift

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Between now and August 2024, the Faleolo International Airport will undergo an extensive facelift to improve the standards of services as Samoa prepares to welcome the Commonwealth Leaders and world delegates who will be our guests in 2024.

According to government media, an estimated 3-thousand or more overseas delegates and media personnel are expected to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting hosted by Samoa in October 2024.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom is leading the list of world leaders who will be attending the event marked as one of the most historical in Samoa’s history.

And to ensure that services are up to international standards fit to welcome royalty from around the world, the Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) is investing millions to improve the terminal.

One of the major investments is the construction of a new modernized glass VIP Lounge to replace the VIP facilities originally built in 1984 and upgraded almost ten years ago in 2014.

Endorsed by Cabinet, the new VIP Lounge will connect with the terminal which allows convenient access to departure and welcoming distinguish guests to Samoa.

“Construction should be completed in 10 months by August 2024 and will cost the Authority $6 million tala,” assures SAA Chief Executive Silimanai Ueta. Jr. Solomona. 

The second project address further Terminal improvements.

Acknowledging the assistance from the New Zealand Government via the High Commissioners’ Office in Apia, a partnership agreement was signed this week with the SAA Minister Olo Fiti Vaai.

The Partnership Agreement include Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Aviation Security Screening Equipment being donated by the Government and People of New Zealand and funded through the Pacific Security Fund at a cost of $1.5 million tala.

“The installation of these new equipment will ensure Samoa’s continued compliance with ICAO standards and best practice and it is a timely investment as Samoa prepares to host the CHOGM meeting in 2024,” acknowledged Olo.

The equipment includes three X-ray machines for carry-on baggage, one X-ray machine for checked baggage, one X-ray machine for large cargo, three walk-through metal detectors, a workstation for baggage inspections, a new air-conditioning system, and an Explosive Trace Detection system.

SORCE: Government Media