Asau Airport

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Asau Airport
IATA: AAUICAO: NSAU
AAU is located in Samoa
AAU
AAU
Location of airport in Samoa
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Asau, Savai'i, Samoa
Coordinates 13°30′18″S 172°37′40″W / 13.50500°S 172.62778°W / -13.50500; -172.62778

Asau Airport (IATA: AAUICAO: NSAU) is a small domestic airfield located in the thick dense jungle at the northwest end of Savai'i in Samoa. The airport is in the village of Asau and mainly services chartered flights.[1]

This airport is open daily for 12 hours a day.[citation needed] According to the Samoan media, the Old and New Asau Airport is still operating under International Standards.

Facilities[edit]

There is only one rigid and roughly surfaced runway. There are no runway lights, and there is no watch tower. Asau Airport, however, is under the main Sky Watch Tower at Faleolo International Airport on Upolu.

Only Twin Otter and Britten-Norman Islander planes can land and take off this small airport, generally because the runway and tarmac cannot handle any other larger and heavier aircraft.

The small tarmac can only fit two Twin Otter planes, with an aircraft parking shed located near the tarmac. Another small shed serves as the airport terminal.

2003 Disaster[edit]

In 2003, a cyclone swept past Samoa and most of the South Pacific. Asau was badly affected and the airport suffered serious damage. Since 2006, the airport has been shut, and all passengers who wished to go to Asau had to go through Maota Airport.

Since then, the airport terminal was rebuilt and a new paved runway was installed. It is still uncertain whether the new runway is up to international standards.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Samoa Air Apia, Maota

This is a domestic airport which only serves flights in and out of Maota Airport, the main airstrip on Savai'i at the east end of the island, and Faleolo International Airport on the main island Upolu. It used to offer a flight to Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Samoa Air serves Asau daily. Demands on the airport are smaller compared to Maota Airport, located near Salelologa, the main town on the island where the ferry terminal is located.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)" (DOC). 21 July 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 

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