The Fagali Airport was previously operated by the Polynesian Airlines company and also at one point the Samoan Government. The airstrip used to be gravel and grass only, but has since been converted a pavement. The paving process took place in July of 2002. The airstrip was then decommissioned in 2005 due to safety concerns and noise complaints within the region.
In July of 2009, the Fagali airport reopened to the public and went on to resume an air taxi service that included flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa. The airport has been controversial over the course of its operation, and there are still concerns for the safety and environmental issues with the airport structure. Local communities were not pleased when the airport was put back into service, although there are some benefits from it being opened, including the fact that short flights can take place within the region.
The airport is minutes away from the exciting activities that take place on the island, including the tasty restaurants that are within walking distance of the landing strip. The airport provides the perfect opportunity to ‘touch and go’ in a personalized village community located in the American Samoa.
It is possible that the airstrip in Fagali could be closed at some point again in the future if controversy continues. Although for now the airport is opened, and local aviators and shuttle services are surely going to take advantage of the Fagali airstrip being open on the island.