Samoa and Singapore enter new era of Air Connectivity with the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and Air Service Agreement

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In a significant move to strengthen ties and enhance air connectivity, the Government of Samoa and the Government of Singapore have officially inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Air Service Agreement. 

The signing took place immediately following the opening ceremony of the 3rd Singapore-Pacific Islands Transport Ministers’ Forum in Singapore on Sunday 18 February. 

The Minister of Works, Transport, and Infrastructure, Honorable Olo Fiti Afoa Vaai and Singapore Minister of Transport, Honorable Chee Hong Tat, signed on behalf of the Government of Samoa and the Government of Singapore, respectively. The agreement marks a milestone in the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

The MOU and Air Service Agreement are set to unlock numerous opportunities for both nations, facilitating not just an increase in tourism and trade but also cultural exchange and mutual understanding. The agreement is expected to pave the way for direct flights between Samoa and Singapore, offering travelers and businesses more options and convenience. 

Expressing his optimism about this agreement, Hon. Olo stated, “This MOU is a testament to the strong relationship between Samoa and Singapore. We are excited about the possibilities that enhanced air connectivity brings to our people and economies. This is more than just an agreement; it is a bridge between our nations.”

Hon. Olo is accompanied by Afioga Fui Tupa’i Mau Simanu, MWTI Chief Executive Officer/Secretary for Transport, Lauano Yvonne Tuioti Mariner-Viliamu, MWTI Assistant Chief Executive Officer/Director Civil Aviation Division, Tualamaalii Wendy Pogi, Assistant Chief Executive Officer Legal and Afioga Leiataua Isikuki Punivalu, Samoa Airport Authority Chairman.

The 3rd Singapore-Pacific Islands Transport Ministers Forum is currently underway alongside the 2nd Changi Aviation Summit for the attending Government Officials, which will be followed by the Singapore Airshow 2024. 

The Samoan delegation is able to attend these high level meetings due to the courtesy of the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.