Senator Aguon calls for update on Airport Expansion Project

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An oversight hearing will be held this Friday at the Guam Legislature.

Guam – Concerned about the future of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport’s expansion, Senator Frank Aguon Jr. is calling for an oversight hearing on the Guam International Airport Authority.

GIAA only has one TSA Checkpoint and with the number of visitors to increase next year one checkpoint just isn’t enough. GIAA has been drafting a design for the Checkpoint Expansion project but where do they stand with those designs? That is a question that Senator Frank Agoun Jr wants to know. He has called an oversight hearing scheduled for this Friday.

That is a question that Senator Frank Agoun Jr wants to know. He has called an oversight hearing scheduled for this Friday.

According to Senator Aguon, “one part of the oversight hearing, the discussion that we are going to try to acquire information from the airport officials, is there capital plans towards expanding TSA Checkpoints?”

Senator Aguon states that the anticipated visitor arrival is expected to increase to 2 million visitors by 2020.

Aguon futher states, “the reality is we don’t want to grow our visitors allow our residents to travel without increasing the accommodation services for entry point as well as exit point out of Guam.”

Senator Agoun says there needs to be consistency with what the island is currently doing and what is planned.

“And in this particular case, expanding the TSA checkpoints by possibly two additional checkpoints would alleviate some of the overcrowding,” Aguon points out.

But what would happen should the design not be completed?

According to Aguon, “At this point in time that is one of the reasons we are having the oversight hearing. We want to make sure that we understand what the plans and if in fact the plans are being set aside, we need to know why. There’s not much we can do about TSA and how they process things but we can provide accommodations in terms of checkpoints so that they can provide that service.”

Concerns regarding the ramifications of not having the designs for the Checkpoint Expansion Project completed have been raised as it could possibly affect the jobs of many TSA Agents on island.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.