PAGO PAGO GETTING READY TO COMPETE WITH NADI, FALEOLO FOR AIR CARGO

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 4, 2001 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is checking navigational aids at Pago Pago International Airport following completion of a runway extension.

At 10,000 feet, the runway will be able to attract trans-Pacific cargo flights, which now land in Nadi (Fiji) or Faleolo (Samoa) for refueling.

These flights bring in revenue from landing fees and through the provision of fuel and other services.

The runway extension project added 1,000 feet to the existing 9,000-foot main runway.

Department of Port Administration official Henry Wendt provided the "good news" that all was ready to operate from the extended runway.

A Federal Aviation Administration flight is scheduled to fly in to check navigational aids.

"If everything is okay then the entire runway of 10,000 feet will be operational," said Wendt.

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