Airport at Aleipata looked at

Aleipata, a district of Samoa which is closest to American Samoa.

Aleipata, a district of Samoa which is closest to American Samoa.

by Alan Ah Mu

APIA: TUESDAY 07 JULY 2013: A task force is looking at building an airport in Aleipata District.

A similar undertaking in the past went nowhere as such a project was judged to be not feasible.

Efforts to contact head of Samoa Airport Authority, Magele Hoe Viali who chairs the current task force failed.

But this month last year Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told state-owned newspaper, The Savali, “The wharf has been built there and an airport for Aleipata is in the pipeline.

“It is not a question of if. It’s a question of when Aleipata will be Samoa’s next big port city. It will happen.”

Samoa has two airports on Upolu Island and two on Savai’i Island.

A major tourist spot, Aleipata is the district of Samoa that closest to Tutuila Island of American Samoa.

It’s proximity to American Samoa inspired Government to revive a wharf built at the Aleipata village of Satitoa.

The wharf was destroyed by a tsunami in 2009.

Government intends to rebuild it but has not given a timeframe for that.

Map of Samoa

Map of Samoa

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