The Samoan Fagali’I airport is located 1.7 kilometers East of the city of Apia on the island of Samoa. There is just one paved runway in what looks to be a very uninhabited area. The airport was reopened in 2009 and is currently owned by Polynesian Airlines. The airport provides international flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa and has four airlines that operate from the airport. These include, Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Talofa Airways.
The reopening of the Fagali’I airport was controversial as it had been previously closed in 2005 due to village and government concerns over safety, noise and pollution. However the airport has remained open for the past 9 years without much opposition. The concerns about reopening the airport were the potential devastating effects of building up the local economy for the sake of the airport and influx of tourists only to see the scheme fail and the economy ruined. However, the airport scheme to improve the economy, attract tourists and international investments has seemed to work in recent years.
The Fagali’I Airport has allowed for a rapid influx of tourists, which has affected the local economy in many ways. Unemployment has decreased, international investment has increased and the airport enables the importation of foreign goods and services on tripadvisor.com.
According to cheapflights.com The increased number of tourists due to the Fagali’I Airport has increased the number of hotels in and around the beautiful area of Apia, Upolu. The beaches, hotels and increased wealth has made life easier for the local community, because there are more jobs and opportunities as well.
Incredable four and five star hotels and resorts have amassed on the beaches of Apia, Upolu according to tripadvisor.com.br. Taumeasina Island Resort for example, is a five star resort just 1.5 km from the Fagali’I Airport. Large international hotel chains such as, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Gray’s Hotel & Bungalows has also taken advantage of this island paradise.
Many still don’t know about this hidden paradise on the island of Samoa, but perhaps with the help of the Fagali’I Airport that will all change.
Find more about Fagali’i Airport: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagali%27i