Faleolo Airport

More than 100 passengers arrived safely in Samoa’s first repatriation flight

The flight arrived on Friday morning.

The passengers were checked by Ministry of Health as soon as they arrived at the Faleolo airport and straight away boarded vans to be self-isolated with specially assigned medical teams.

These passengers included stranded sports teams, RSE workers, students, government CEOs, returning diplomatic corps and families.

Samoa's Faleolo International Airport closes due to Covid-19 outbreak in the Pacific

The Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) offices will only operate from 9am until 3pm, in accordance with the national lockdown and state of emergency.

All stores, dining and airlines have closed and emptied from the airport.

Further, with no flights allowed in or out of the country, nor any date in place to lift the ban, Samoa Airways has closed its country offices in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa from Thursday.

However, phone lines remain open for future bookings, with the American Samoa office having limited business hours.

Samoa hoping to attract Emirates Airlines

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the aim is to develop the tourism industry to provide more employment opportunities and bring other benefits.

Tuilaepa said the Emirates partnership is one of several agreements the government is considering.

He also said the current joint venture with Virgin Australia is under review and may be extended, or ended.

The prime minister said another possibility is Samoa having its own airline servicing key global routes.

Samoa's Faleolo Airport has just undergone a $US15 million dollar refurbishment.