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FAGALI’I AIRPORT WAS INITIALLY OWNED BY THE SAMOAN GOVERNMENT AND THE POLYNESIAN AIRLINES

Fagali’I airport is a private airport that is owned and run by Polynesian Airlines. The airport lies in the village of Fagali’i in the island of Upolu, Samoa. The Polynesian Airlines manage the day to day activities and operations of this private airport. The airport features a six hundred and seventy-meter runway. The runways are asphalt based and can support the landing and take-off of small planes. For years, this airport has served the people of Apia and the surrounding regions through the opening up of these parts to the rest of the world.

Fagali’I Airport was initially owned by the Samoan government and the Polynesian Airlines. During this time the airstrip consisted of grass runways and was closed shortly after the official operation launch due to government concerns. In the 6th of July in the year 2002, the airport was re-opened after attempts to improve on the state of this facility. The grass featured runways were paved and prepared under the requirements. In the year 2005, the airport was de-commissioned by the Samoan government over the concerns raised by the villagers. The villagers complained of the safety threat posed by an airport to a residential area beside the misgivings for noise pollution.

The Airports operation was down for the next three years until the 1st of July in 2009, when the Polynesian Airlines re-opened the airstrip after several upgrades. The services offered by the airport resumed effect immediately. Besides, the Polynesian Airlines included more flight destinations that included international flights to Pago Pago and American Samoa.

This re-opening of the airport by the Polynesian Airlines was, however, met with stiff resistance from the general public. The re-opening suffered several criticisms from various stakeholders. The primary concerns of the critics were still on the safety of the residents living near the airport noise pollution and the potential burden the local community should the project fail to be successful. To date, the airport has hosted many planes from different airlines. Some of these airlines include the Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways and the owner’s Polynesian Airways and to know more

 

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