Aumua Announces $2 Million in Federal Aviation Administration Grants
Washington, D.C. –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded American Samoa three grants totaling $2,000,000.
“This important funding will help ensure that our airports in Tutuila, Ofu, and Fitiuta will be preserved and rehabilitated,” stated Amata. “Our airports are important to our welfare as they allow for people to travel not only to Hawaii and domestic U.S., but between islands as well.”
The Pago Pago International Airport on Tutuila will receive $1,000,000. This grant will provide the necessary resources to revitalize 7,000 feet of Runway and to ensure airport stability and longevity.
The second grant, in the amount of $500,000, will fund the project to revitalize 2,000 feet of Runway at the Ofu airport.
The third grant, also in the amount of $500,000, will serve Fitiuta Airport in replacing the current aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle. The current vehicle in use is fifteen years old and requires constant maintenance. This vehicle assists the airport in meeting regulated safety requirements.
“I would like to thank the Federal Aviation Administration for recognizing the need for this critical funding. I also want to thank Ports Administration Director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele and other local officials for their help in obtaining such vital funding for American Samoa’s infrastructure,” concluded Amata.
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