Fagali'i Airport

Samoa's Fagali'i Airport to close over safety concerns

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang, said the Ministry of Police would take over the site.

The minister told the Samoa Observer all flights would now operate out of Faleolo International Airport.

Fagali'i Airport had failed to meet international standards and must be closed down for safety reasons, he said.

He said that Fagalii had also become the gateway for drugs smuggled into the country, with drug dogs only occasionally able to patrol.

Fagali'i' was unsafe and the runway was deteriorating.

Samoa's new airport to be built on swampland

Fagali'i Airport would also continue to be used, but because of its close location to neighbouring American Samoa, Ti'avea would be in operation during bad weather, said Minister for Works, Transport and Infrastructure Papali'i Niko Lee Hang.

The Minister also revealed the land being used was swampland, which would need to be reclaimed, Samoa Observer reported.

In May, a memorandum of agreement and a deed of settlement was signed between the Government and families who owned the land.