Amata Welcomes Over $23 Million in Airport Funds to American Samoa

September 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed over $23.3 million in federal resources to American Samoa for much-needed airport renovation projects to improve the pavement.

“This is a sizable grant for our Pago Pago International Airport, and it is great news for us this week,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m especially pleased to welcome this important federal support to preserve and enhance our airport. Our airport is our primary connection to the United States and the rest of the Pacific, and it is essential to keep it in good repair.”


Congresswoman Amata with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
Congresswoman Amata and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao earlier this year on Capitol Hill.

Specifically, this grant includes a significant discretionary amount of $22,303,667 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, plus $1 million in formula-based distribution. The combined total is $23,303,667, which is designated to renovate the pavement of the extensive terminal apron area. This final phase of the project is the rehabilitation of 54,000 square yards of pavement.

“A special thank you to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele for all her efforts on this valuable project, and everyone else taking part in this much-needed work,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “I would also like to thank my friend U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell for considering the importance of this project to American Samoa, and recognizing the necessity of a quality U.S. airport in the Pacific as part of the nation’s dependable transportation system.”