Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) is a 700-acre public airport owned and operated by the Department of Port Administration (DPA) of the America Samoa Government (ASG). The airport is one of three operated by DPA, the others being smaller general aviation airports at Ofu and Fitiuta. PPG is American Samoa’s primary commercial service airport as identified by the NPIAS. Pago Pago provides international service to Western Samoa and Honolulu. It has two runways: Runway 5-23 and Runway 8-26. Its primary runway, Runway 5-23, is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide and has a precision instrument approach procedure. Runway 8-26 is 3,800 feet long and 100 feet wide.

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Pago Pago International Airport is located on the Island of Tutuila in American Samoa (a group of 7 islands), an unincorporated territory of the United States approximately 18 degrees south of the equator. Tutuila is the largest and most populated island of the group. The Manu’a Islands Group, Rose Atoll, Aunu’u, and Swains Island are also included within the territory. The airport is located within the village and plains of Tafuna. Tutuila is the largest and most populous island (55,409 in 20001) which is also the center of government and business. The territory also includes Aunu’u, located one mile off the southeast coast of Tutuila, and the Manu’a Islands – Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u – located sixty-six miles east of Tutuila.

 

American Samoa is a group of islands located in the central Pacific Ocean and is in the eastern portion of the Samoan archipelago. It is a self-governing, unincorporated territory of the United States and consists of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls. The Samoan archipelago is approximately 2,600 miles south-southwest of Hawaii and 4,600 miles west-southwest from Los Angeles, 1,800 miles east-northeast from New Zealand, and 2,700 miles northeast of Australia. American Samoa is located to the west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group. Pago Pago can be characterized as a warm, tropical island surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean. It has humid days and nights. Rainfall is abundant.

LOCATION

FAA Identifier: PPG
ICAO Identifier: NSTU
Latitude/Longitude: 14-19-53.9760S / 170-42-41.4110W
  14-19.899600S / 170-42.690183W
  (estimated) -14.33166 / -170.7115031
Elevation: 32 ft. / 9.8 m (surveyed)
Variation: 12E (1990)
From city: 3 miles SW of PAGO PAGO, AS
Time Zone: UTC -11 (year round; does not observe DST

 

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AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Airport use:                               Open to the public

Activation date:                          01/1956

Sectional chart:                         GNC 20

Control tower:                            No

ARTCC:                                    HONOLULU CONTROL FACILITY CENTER

FSS:                                         HONOLULU FLIGHT SERVICE STATION

NOTAMs facility:                        PPG (NOTAM-D service available)

Attendance:                               CONTINUOUS

Wind indicator:                          Lighted, LGTD WIND CONE 800’ FROM THR & 240’ SE RWY 05 CNTRLN.

Segmented circle:                      Yes

Lights:                                      DUSK-DAWN. ACTVT HIRL RY 05/23; MALSR RY 05; VASI RY 05, PAPI RY 23; HIRI RY 08/26 & TWY LGTS FREG – 118.3.

Beacon:                                    White-green (lighted land airport)

                                                Operates sunset to sunrise.

Landing Fee:                             Yes

Fire and Rescue:                       ARFF index C

International operations:             Customs landing rights airport.

AIRPORT COMMUNICATIONS

CTAF:                                       122.9

WX AWOS-3PT:                        127.925 (684-699-0179)

  • FOR IFR CLEARANCES CONTACT FALEOLO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT PHONE (685) 42050 OR FREQ 126.9.
  • CHRISTCHURCH NZ NOF IS ISSUING AGENCY FOR PAGO PAGO INTL NOTAMS CTC NR 64 33581688.

Nearby radio navigation aids

VOR radial/distance                 VOR name                               Freq     Var

TUT at field                               PAGO PAGO VORTAC            112.50  12E

NDB name                               Hdg/Dist           Freq     Var       ID

PAGO PAGO                            at field               403       12E      TUT - ..- -

LOGOTALA HILL                       047/2.5             242       12E      LOG  .-.. --- --.

RUNWAY INFORMATION

RUNWAY 5/23

Dimensions:                              10000 x 150 ft. / 3048 x 46 m

Surface:                                    Asphalt/grooved, in good condition

Weight bearing capacity:            PCN 45 /F/A/W/T

                                                Single wheel:                 75.0

                                                Double wheel:                170.0

                                                Double tandem:             250.0

                                                Dual double tandem:      600.0

Runway edge lights:                   High intensity

 

RUNWAY 5                                           RUNWAY 23

Latitude:                                    14-20.430283S                                       14-19.607833S

Longitude:                                  170-43.514050W                                    170-42.043550W

Elevation:                                   31.9 ft.                                                  9.3 ft.

Gradient:                                    0.2%                                                     0.2%

Traffic pattern:                            Right                                                     Left

Runway heading:                        048 magnetic, 060 true                           228 magnetic, 240 true

Displaced threshold:                   1000 ft.                                                  800 ft.

Declared distances:                    TORA:9200 TODA:10200                       TORA:10000 TODA:10000

 ASDA:9200 LDA:8200                            ASDA:10000 LDA: 9200

Markings:                                   Precision, in good condition                    Precision, in good condition

Visual slope indicator:                 4-box VASI on left (3.25 degrees             4-light PAPI on left (3.00

 glide path)                                              degrees glide path)

Approach lights:                         MALSR: 1,400 foot medium intensity      

 approach lighting system with runway

 alignment indicator lights.

Runway end identifier lights:        No                                                        No

Touchdown point:                       Yes, no lights.                                        Yes, no lights.

Instrument approach:                  ILS/DME                                              

Obstructions:                             446 ft. hill, lighted, 12200 ft. from             8 ft. fence, lighted, 300 ft. from

 runway,1000 ft. left or centerline,             runway, 12:1 slope to clear.

 27:1 slope to clear.                                 RY 23 50:1 TO DSPLCD THLD.

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RUNWAY 8/26

Dimensions:                               3800 x 100 ft. / 1158 x 30 m

Surface:                                     Asphalt/grooved, in good condition

Weight bearing capacity:             PCN 62 /F/B/W/T

                                                 Single wheel:                 75.0

                                                 Double wheel:                150.0

                                                 Double tandem:             230.0

                                                 Dual double tandem:      550.0

Runway edge lights:                   High intensity

 

RUNWAY 8                                           RUNWAY 26

Latitude:                                    14-19.585467S                                       14-19.585067S

Longitude:                                  170-42.779083W                                    170-42.134900W

Elevation:                                   8.3 ft.                                                    5.3 ft.

Gradient:                                    0.5%                                                     0.5%

Traffic pattern:                            Right                                                     Left

Runway heading:                        078 magnetic, 090 true                           258 magnetic, 270 true

Markings:                                   Non-precision, in good condition              Non-precision, in good condition

Runway end identifier lights:        No                                                        No

Touchdown point:                       Yes, no lights.                                        Yes, no lights.

AIRPORT OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

Aircraft based on the field:          4

Multi engine airplanes:                3

Helicopters:                               1

Aircraft Operations:                    Average 70/week *

Air Taxi:                                    92%

Commercial:                              15%

Military:                                     5%

Transient General Aviation:         2%

PAGO PAGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TARMAC DELAY CONTINGENCY PLAN

Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) has prepared this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Tavita (David) Fuimaono at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. PPG is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport or (2) this airport may be used by an air carrier described in USC 42301(a)(1) for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, PPG will:

  • Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
  • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
  • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared American Samoa Customs.

Pago Pago has facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights or maintain the airport’s safe operation and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport at 684-699-9101 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. During diversion events Pago Pago issues NOTAMs regarding its ability to accommodate diverted flights to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport and its ability to serve the civil aviation needs of the public during irregular operations events.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Name of Airport: Pago Pago International Airport

Name and title of person preparing the plan: Tavita (David) Fuimaono, Airport Manager

Preparer contact number: 684-733-3154

Preparer contact e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date of submission of plan: May 17, 2012

Airport Category: Non-Hub                         

FBO1: Interisland Airways = NIL

FBO2: American Samoa Government = 1 Britten Norman Islander

CONTACT NUMBERS

Name Number Fax Number Remarks
Faleolo ATC +011.685.42530 011(685)42050 24 Hours
PPG ARFF Dispatch (Ramp Control) +1.684.699.9181 684-699-4039 24 Hours
PPG Airport Security +1.684.699.9151 684-699-4039 24 Hours
PPG Airport Manager +1.684.733.3154 684-699-4039 24 Hours
PPG Airport Safety +1.684.733.3158 684-699-4039 24 Hours
PPG Airport Supervisor +1.684.733.4511 684-699-4039 24 Hours
Port Administration (DPA) Director +1.684.633.4251 684-699-4039 24 Hours

PLAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEPLANEMENT OF PASSENGERS FOLLOWING EXESSIVE TARMAC DELAYS

PPG has limited equipment and personnel needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft. We will utilize this equipment to deplane passengers as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines at the contact number listed above. We will also provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

PLAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE SHARING OF FACILITIES AND MAKE GATES AVAILABLE IN AN EMERGENCY

Two gates at Pago Pago International Airport are under common use leases to all air carriers and are controlled by the airport.

We will advise permittees or users to make gates available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate, to the maximum extent practicable.

PLAN TO PROIDE A STERILE AREA FOR PASSENGERS WHO HAVE NOT CLEARED AMERICAN SAMOA CUSTOMS

Pago Pago International Airport has a one (1) gate that provides access to Customs facilities. Aircraft requiring Customs facilities will be directed to arrival gate, to the extent practicable. Pago Pago International Airport has defined a sterile area capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers, for those times when the Customs accessible gates are not available. We will coordinate with local Customs officials to allow international passengers who have not yet cleared American Samoa Customs Protection to be deplaned into the sterile area, to the extent practicable.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLAN

PPG will distribute approved Emergency Contingency Plan to airlines and ground service agents:

Airlines;                       Hawaiian Airlines, Polynesian Airlines, Talofa Airways

Ground Services;         Afio Mai Aviation, Pritchards Airport Services, FAX Cargo

Pago Pago International Airport will provide public access to its Tarmac Delay Contingency plan by posting in a conspicuous location on the Airport’s website (http://americansamoaport.as.gov/airport-ppg/international-airport-ppg.html).

Pago Pago International Airport will also provide a copy of approved TDP to airlines requesting diversion plan to PPG and other emergency support en route in the South Pacific.

AIRPORT HISTORY

Pago Pago International Airport is on the site of a former World War II military airstrip. In the early 1950s, the airport was comprised of a 6,000-foot grass and coral strip identified as Runway 8-26. Planning and design of a 9,000-foot runway (5-23) began in 1957 and in 1960, federal funds and equipment became available and construction commenced. The runway was completed in 1962.

 

PPG was first used for passenger service in the latter half of the 1950’s. Polynesian Airlines was the first airline to service routes from Faleolo, Western Samoa, and Pago Pago in 1959. A major re-construction project was commenced in 1963 in order to promote tourism and the local economy. The runway was opened to jet aircraft in 1964 with Pan American World Airways offering Boeing 707 service between Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu, and Papeete. Following this, Air New Zealand offered DC-8 service via Pago Pago to Auckland.

 

In the early 1970s, American Airlines offered the same route using Boeing 707 aircraft. The passenger terminal building was completed in 1965. Development continued in the 1970s with the construction of crash/fire/rescue facilities including an observation tower, an auto parking area, and road relocations to facilitate a $1.7 million terminal area expansion. During this period, the aircraft apron was constructed and subsequently strengthened and Runway 5-23 and Taxiway C also strengthened. Finally, shoreline protection projects were undertaken by the Corps of Engineers to control erosion.

 

In 1983, a partial parallel Taxiway A, serving Runway 5, was constructed, and Runway 8-26 was reconstructed as a 4,200 long and 75-foot wide runway for small aircraft. In addition, a heavy aircraft taxiway connection was built linking the Runway 23 threshold with the terminal apron. In 1994, a new airport gift shops building was constructed, using EDA funds, and portions of Runway 5 were resurfaced with a porous friction course. Airport fencing was erected in the terminal area and along Runway 8-26. Construction also commenced on the new terminal building exit and airport lighting infrastructure. The runway at Faleolo International Airport (in Western Samoa) was lengthened in 1984 in order to handle the larger Boeing 737 aircraft. To facilitate aircraft with large payload requirements and long distance flights, Runway 5-23 was expanded in early 2001 from an original runway length of 9,000 feet to the current 10,000 feet.