5 January 2019, Apia, Samoa. A breakage in old high voltage underground cables that affected airport runway lights was the cause of a cancellation of aircraft night operations to Samoa’s international gateway yesterday.
“But airlines have now all been advised that the night flights are back to normal.”
“Day flights had operated normally,” Magele added.
Swift action to remedy the situation led to just one flight affected – NZ 992 due to arrive from Auckland at 9pm last night will arrive today.
Samoa Airways Marketing Manager Dwanye Bentley confirms that “there have been no cancellations as a result” for Samoa’s national carrier.
Air New Zealand has confirmed that a larger plane would be used to accommodate passengers on the cancelled flight.
Magele also confirmed that plans are underway to replace the old cables as part of an ongoing World Bank project.
“These runway lights and cabling will all be replaced when new ones are installed under the current WB upgrade project which is also repaving the whole aircraft apron and runway”.