There are many reasons why people fly into the Fagali Airport. Firstly, it is a small airport with a single airstrip, so it does not have that ‘hustle and bustle’ attitude prominent at larger airports. This means less stress and a relaxing atmosphere where people can travel internationally in peace. Secondly, it abides by the American Samoa travel rules, so it is very easy for US citizens to come here. Other nationalities report having problems going through customs because they assumed the airport followed the rules of Samoa not American Samoa. Even the pilots confirmed this information.
Many business people who have pressing responsibilities on the northeastern coast of Upolu prefer using this airport instead of taking a long 40 minute ride from Faleolo, which is on the other side of the island. Moreover, they love riding on the twin-engine small aircrafts servicing because it is fun.
When descending into the island, visitors are surrounded by lush greenery, a rainforest teaming with life, underwater reserves and the foot of white sandy beaches, and relaxing places to get in tune with the earth.
The Fagali Airport has somewhat of a rough history because it was closed after disagreements and tussles among the local population, but luckily the Fagali airport reopen in July, 2002. However, during this time it was still had a grassy landing strip which was inconvenient for certain people. A couple of years later in 2005 Fagali closed again because there were safety concerns, noise issues, and even environmental pollution that once again put the local population on edge. People just wanted to live their lives stress-free without the worries of the airport. However, after some time of safety implementations, such as the landing strip paved with asphalt, and some new renovations to accommodate passengers, Fagali was back in full swing. It reopened in 2009 and has served international flights, charter flights, and small aircrafts ever since.
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