Department of Port Administration to drain main fuel line
By: Tosimaeʻa Tupua
The Department of Port Administration has confirmed that from Tuesday August 23rd until Thursday September 1, the Pago Pago International Airport in Tafuna will cease fueling aircrafts until maintenance has been completed to safely drain the main airport fuel line. Deputy Director of Port Administration Tumua Matuu told KVZK News, it is important to carry out this task now before the busy Christmas period. The work is planned to start on Tuesday August 23 - to Thursday August 25 and Tuesday August 30, 2022 to Thursday September 1 2022, says Tumua.
The work will not impact Hawaiian Air scheduled flights on Mondays and Thursday nights as well as cargo flights. Talofa Airways flights to Samoa will continue as they do not usually fuel at the Pago Pago International Airport. Samoa Airways flights to Samoa will also continue but with reduced weight to allow for fuel for the return flight to Faleolo.
There will be no scheduled flights to Manu'a during this time.
Flight operations will continue as usual from Thursday and over the weekend.
Tumua says the Department of Health and EMS have also been notified that there will be no medevac options available during this time so they should try their best to have these flights prior to August 23rd or after September 1st.