Fagali’I Airport is located in Samoa therefore it is essentially owned by the Samoan Government. The ground that the airport sits on was once grassland. However, fifteen years ago the entire area was re-paved as well as upgraded. By October 2002, the Fagali’I Airport was up and running on a full time schedule.
Prior to October 2002, the Samoa Airport was opened and closed numerous times over the past four decades. Once the airport was officially declared operational in 2002 many criticized the decision due to safety as well as other reasons.
In late 2009, Polynesian Airlines began using Fagali’I Airport as a passenger drop off area as well as a connection route. Fagali’I Airport now has regular flights to Pago Pago. The use of Fagali’I Airport certainly does not bring in considerable revenue. Flights involving the airport are sporadic and many travelers refuse to recognize Fagali’I Airport as a safe zone when traveling to nearby areas.
Two of the main airlines that use Fagali’I Airport uses on a regular basis include South Pacific Airlines and Polynesian Airlines. Apparently the two airlines are convinced that the airport is safe and they have both resumed regular flight schedules.
Fagali’I Airport is considered a public airport which generally serves the entire Apia region. The fact that the airport is made from asphalt as opposed to concrete is a major reason it is considered unsafe. Asphalt does not allow for a smooth and safe take off or landing. However, little is being done to address this concern. The Government has not intervened to order upgrades or improvements to Fagali’I Airport.
Fagali’I Airport has roughly 300 flights scheduled each month. Many of the flights that pass through the Apia area stop over at Fagali’I Airport. The flight schedules remain in effect however, the passenger list appears to keep getting smaller for obvious reasons.
Finally, possibly in the future if upgrades are made to the airport it will be deemed safe and more airlines may begin using the airport as a regular stop off point. However, until that time comes if it ever does the airport will more than likely remain deserted.