Fagali’i Airport is located in the city of Fagali’i on the South Pacific Island of Samoa. It’s runway is made of asphalt and spans 2,198 feet long. It’s airstrip is mainly used by the Polynesian Airlines and the airport itself is operated by the Samoa Airport Authority. Fagali’i Airport is extremely unique because its airstrip was originally grass only and runway is shorter compared to the other airports in the region. Fagali’i is a short drive from downtown Apia. As a result if it’s close proximity it is used for local flights to Pago Paga (pronounced “Pah-Ngo Pah-Ngo”) and international flights.
Since Fagali’i Airport’s opening it has been with controversy from the local citizens and Samoan government for safety reason according to dohop.com. It continued operations but it eventually listened to the complaints and did renovations. Fagali’i’s airstrip was paved with asphalt from it’s original grass surface and re-opened July 6th, 2002. Brent Schwenke, Polynesian Local General Managerm helped to facilitate the airport’s re-opening.
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Fagali’i Airport’s re-opening garnered a lot of attention and was attended by Polynesian Officials and officials from the Samoan Government. Polynesian Airlines ran it’s services out of the airport exclusively. This did not disadvantage Fagali’i Airport though. It actually was an advantage and more preferred by the locals. Over the years, even until now, they have been able to maintain this advantage.
Airport operations eventually changed and the airport is now used by other local Samoan airlines. According to cheapflights.com, Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Talofa Airways are just a few that are now able to operate out of Fagali’i. Fagali’i Airport is used mainly in the daytime and Faleolo Airport is used in the night time. The airport unfortunately closed again in 2005 and re-opened July 1st, 2009. In order for this to happen, Fagali’i Airport it had to successfully pass several safety inspections from the Samoa Airport Authority and civil inspections by the Pacific Aviation Office (PASO). Fagali’i Airport is currently opened in 2017 and accepting flights in and out of the region.
Find more about Fagali’i Airport: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagali%27i_Airport