Fagali is an island village located in Samoa. Based on a 2006 census, the poplulation of Fagali was only 1,571 people. Despite its small size, Fagali has its own airport. When the airport first opened, it was a grass strip airport. The airport was previously shut down, and the runways were paved. The airport was reopened in July of 2002. Following the reopening of the airport, the government and local villagers became concerned with the noise from the airport. They were also concerned about safety in relation to the airport being in operation. Due to the ongoing concerns, a little over two and a half years after reopening, Fagali Airport was decommissioned and closed in January 2005. Visit Fagali Airport at Wikipedia to find out more.
Polynesian Airlines owns Fagali Airport. On July 1, 2009, the airline reopened the airport. With the opening of the airport, services were resumed. This included international flights previously offered.
The reopening of the airport was not celebrated by all. It was open amongst controversy within Fagali. Polynesian airlines and Fagali airport were criticised due to concern for environmental issues that would result from the operation of the airport. There was again concerns regarding safety with relation to the operation of the airport as well. The third concern was due to the fallout and burden that would occur within the community should the operations of the airport fail again. Despite concerns, the airport has maintained a level of success and remained open. Polynesian airlines have purchased additional airplanes to accommodate the additional flights that have been added.
Despite the Fagali airport being owned by Polynesian Airlines, there are additional carriers that operate in the airport. Samoa Air was granted the right to offer flights through their own company to and from the airport. Currently, there are 4 airlines that operate out of Fagali airport which include Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways.
In addition to Fagali Airport, Fagali is home to the Royal Samoa Golf Course. The golf course offers 18 holes. It was originally opened in 1970 and remains in operation today.