Airways New Zealand has received a World Bank-funded contract, worth $25m, from the Samoa Airport Authority to assist with the modernisation of air traffic management (ATM) systems and infrastructure at Faleolo International Airport in Samoa, Oceania.

The World Bank is funding its package of upgrades at the airfield under the Pacific Aviation Investment Programme (PAIP).

The upgrade project will develop airport infrastructure and operations to increase aviation safety and security across the Pacific.

"Airways’ vision for the Pacific is to enable the same standard of infrastructure, service and safety we provide in New Zealand."

Under the terms of the deal, Airways New Zealand will consult on the design and procurement of air traffic control equipment, air navigation aid, and airfield ground lighting systems for Faleolo International Airport.

The airlines will also manage the deployment of new air traffic management systems at the airport.

Airways New Zealand chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said: "Airways’ vision for the Pacific is to enable the same standard of infrastructure, service and safety we provide in New Zealand.

"To do this we need to ensure modern infrastructure is in place."

Under the PAIP’s contract, Airways New Zealand will help to extend the PASNet network, an aviation specific satellite communication system for the Pacific.

Lamb added: "PASNet will ultimately link air traffic organisations in eight Pacific states with a more robust and reliable voice and data connection."

Eight years ago, Airways New Zealand deployed its first satellite communications station in Tonga.

The station aimed to deliver enhanced communication between Fuaamotu International Airport and the Auckland Oceanic Centre, which manages Tonga’s upper airspace.