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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE June 12, 2000

WILL GET CLOSE TO $9 MILLION
IN FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO IMPROVE AIRPORTS

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he was informed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that two airport improvement projects in American Samoa have been approved to receive federal funding.

The American Samoa Government will receive $5,150,000 to extend the runway at the Pago Pago International Airport in Tafuna and $3,759,629 to extend the runway at the Fitiuta airport on the island of Ta‘u, Manu‘a.

Faleomavaega said, "The Tafuna airport runway extension is a major step forward for us because of the economic possibilities relating to the ability of large aircraft to land there. As for the Fitiuta airport runway extension, I am glad that we are taking extra precaution to provide more safety to the traveling public, especially the people of Manu‘a who fly there regularly."

By extending the runway at the Pago Pago International Airport, it will meet the design standards required for large aircraft without weight restriction. The Fitiuta Airport runway extension will be necessary to provide additional safety for night operations and emergency medical flights. It will also make the Fitiuta airport suitable to accommodate the new generation of STOL (short take off and landing) aircraft.

Faleomavaega added, "I want to commend Mr. Abe Malae of the Port Administration and his staff for submitting an excellent application for funding and Governor Tauese Sunia for making these very important projects a priority."

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