21 Nov 2008

Moves are afoot to reopen Fagali'i airport in Samoa

11:07 am on 21 November 2008

Moves are afoot to reopen the international airport at Fagali'i in Samoa as soon as possible.

Polynesian Airlines general manager, Taua Fatu Tielu, told the government newspaper Savali they are awaiting an aeronautics report before any plans are put in place.

Taua chairs a special committee set up by Cabinet to look into reopening the airport.

He says the plan is to open the airport as soon as possible.

Airport Authority chief executive officer, Pouniu Siaosi Hazelman, says the airport was closed in 2004 because it was deemed "unutilized".

But with three airlines now servicing the inter Samoa route he says the capacity of flights warrants reopening the airport.