3 Oct 2007

FAA to finalise airport tower deal with American Samoa

2:41 pm on 3 October 2007

The Federal Aviation Administration is now reviewing a proposed Other Transaction Agreement which has been signed by American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono for construction of an air traffic control tower at Pago Pago International Airport.

As of this morning the FAA had still not signed the agreement which would release just under two million dollars in federal funding for the tower's construction.

The spokesman for the FAA Eastern Pacific Region, Ian Gregor, says once the agreement is signed the ASG will have five years in which to complete it

"American Samoa would be responsible for building and maintaining the structure, and hiring and paying the ongoing salaries of the air traffic controllers. The FAA would train the controllers and be reimbursed for that work by American Samoa."

Ian Gregor says the FAA will also monitor the construction of the tower.