Fagali’i Airport is located in the South Pacific region of Fagali’i, Samoa. It’s runway is 2,198 feet and made of asphalt. It is owned and operated by the Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Airport Authority. Fagali’i Airport is unique because its airstrip used to be grass only and it has a shorter runway compared to other airports in the region. It is a five minute drive from downtown Apia and because of it’s proximity it is used mainly for internal flights to Pago Paga (pronounced “Pah-Ngo Pah-Ngo”) and international flights sometimes as well.
Fagali’i Airport was met with a lot of controversy for safety reasons from the community and the government. Shortly after this backlash, it decided to undergo renovations. Fagali’i’s airstrip was paved and the airport re-opened July 6th, 2002. According to dohop.com Polynesian Local General Manager, Brent Schwenke helped to facilitate the grand opening which was attended by Polynesian Officials and the Samoan Government. Fagali’i Airport had was different from other airports in the region because, at the time, Polynesian Airlines were the only ones able to service the airport. The privately-owned “South Pacific Express” was in direct competition with Polynesian Airlines and utilized Faleolo Airport. Though smaller, Fagali’i was still able to maintain an advantage.
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Dynamics have, of course, changed over the years and the airport has been used by other airlines in the region. Some airlines that operated from the airport are: Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Talofa Airways. Fagali’i Airport was used mostly for daytime service and Faleolo Airport was used for night time service. Fagali’i unfortunately closed again in 2005 due to more safety and noise complains. On July 1st, 2009 it re-opened again. In order to re-open, it had to pass safety inspections from the Samoa Airport Authorities and it also had to pass civil inspection by the Pacific Aviation Office (PASO) according to encontreomedico.com.br. Right now, it is currently opened and flights are able to be taken in and out of the region.
Learn more about Fagali Airport: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagali%27i_Airport