Fagali Airport: A New Start

     The Fagali Airport used to be owned and managed by Polynesian Airlines with an oversight by the Samoan Government. It formerly had a grass only strip in which planes could land on. However, now in 2002, it was paved over with cement and opened to customers all around the world. The airport has a setback in 2005 when their were concerns of too much noise and safety for the surrounding village. The local Government stepped in and de-comissioned the airport at that time. It wasn’t until around 2009, another airline company called Polynesian came in and re-opened the Fagali Airport restoring all of its service. Basic trips for the Fagali Airport are international flights to areas such as American Samoa and Pago Pago. In spite of this reopening, there were a lot of concerns that continued for the safety and how the airport was structured. Environmental issues were another concern regarding the surrounding vegetation being harmed by exhausts and the building of the airports structure overall. The airport remains open to the public and is operated by the Samoa Airport Authority. It currently serves Apia. The airlines that fly in and out of the Fagali Airport are Talofa and Samoa Airways.