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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 6, 1997 - Samoa News)---Fagali'i Airport in Samoa's capital of Apia is expected to re-open for air traffic December 1, following the completion of a $115,000 renovation and expansion project.

Closed since September 8, improvements to Fagali'i include a new passenger terminal, prompted by increased traffic, and new customs and immigration processing facilities.

The airport's gravel airstrip also is being improved.

The small airport is located just five minutes by car from downtown Apia.

Fagali'i officials have confirmed that the renovation project is progressing according to schedule and they expect to open in time for the busy December holiday season.

The officials also are optimistic that residents of the Fagali'i neighborhood will allow night operations in the future.

The airport at Fagali'i is the main entry and exit point for passengers traveling on small planes between Apia and Pago Pago, American Samoa. It also serves domestic travelers flying between Samoa's main islands of Upolu and Savai'i.

Fagali'i is owned by Polynesian Airlines, an entity of the Samoan government.

Since the airport's closure in September, both Samoa Air and Polynesian Air have been utilizing Faleolo International Airport, located about 45 minutes from downtown Apia.

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