The Fagali’I airport is a small airport located just a few minutes from the center of Apia. Visitors can get a flight going out to Pago Pago and Savai’i territories. Visitors fly in from all around the world, all throughout the year. Weather averages 85 degrees all year long, even in the winter time. The Fagali’I airport is currently conducting sufficient business as suppose. But, there was a point in time when the airport had some issues, causing shutdowns and loss of revenue.
In the late 20th century, around the 1990’s, the Fagali’I airport was criticized by many people because of their grass landing strip. At the time, it was considered as outdated. The owners of the airport, Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan government, decided that it was time for an upgrade and so they took action. The airport was shut down, but re-opened on July 6, 2002.
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During the Fagali’I airport’s new commission, adding a pavement landing strip, it would get many complaints about an increased noise level. The noise would pose a hazard on the community. The airport had no choice but to de-commission to improve matters for the sake of the Fagali’I village. The airport de-commissioned in January of 2005.
It would be roughly four years later, July 1, 2009, when the airport would get matters squared away and re-open. The noise levels were under control and planes were flying in and out of the airport yet again. In addition to just re-opening its doors, the Fagali’I airport would add a new flight to its list of destinations: Pago Pago, Capital of American Samoan.
The doors of the airport would open for business again, but another problem would re-surface: a lack of transportation accommodations according to expedia.com. Visitors would land in at the airport, but when stepping outside, behold: no taxis, no buses, no shuttles. Visitors would walk into disappointment and did not want to experience that feeling again.
The Fagali’I airport would make the necessary adjustments to provide sufficient traveling accommodations. And, today, visitor walks into an outside scene where there is more than enough transportation to get them to the nearest hotel, without a problem.
The Fagali’I airport stands tall today.
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