2 Oct 2007

American Samoa still trying to strike deal with FAA over Pago Pago tower

2:40 pm on 2 October 2007

The American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has refused to sign an agreement worth two million US dollars with the Federal Aviation Administration to build the airport's traffic control tower until provisions can be added.

The FAA gave the American Samoa Government until yesterday to sign or risk losing the funding.

Fili Sagapolutele in Pago Pago reports:

"As of today the agreement is still not signed or the Governor has not signed on to the agreement. The Governor has asked for additional provisions to be added to this agreement and one of the provisions the Governor is requesting is for the Federal Aviation Administration to train American Samoan personnel that will be staffing this control tower."

Fili Sagapolutele says the final agreement is being worked out by the Governor's office and the FAA office in Seattle.

Governor Togiola says he is appalled at suggestions that Pago Pago's airport tower be modelled on the much cheaper facility in Samoa.