Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan


January 13, 2018

All About Fagali’l Airport

Fagali’I airport is a public airport situated in Fagali’l, Samoa. Earlier, it was owned by the Polynesian airlines along with the Samoan Government who also operated it. In mid-2002, the airport was upgraded with pavements to replace the grass airstrip. Unfortunately, in the beginning of 2005, it was denied commissions due to safety and noise.

In 2009 July 1st, the Fagali’I airport was reopened by the Polynesian Airlines. All their services were back and additional flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa. However, this was not given a warm welcome from both the government and the community at large. They felt their safety was being jeopardized and thought of the environmental hazards that would occur as a result of the operations by the airport.

Over the years, several airlines have operated in this airport. They are Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and the Talofa Airways. The airlines have enabled services for international flights to destinations such as Pago Pago all at a cheaper cost according to wikipedia.org.

When you finally land at Fagali’I Airport, you need a comfortable place to rest after a long flight. Unfortunately, there are no accommodation services offered at the airport. There are only plastic chairs that you are not likely to enjoy spending a night on. Fortunately, several hotels are close to the airport. Among them are Talofa Inn, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Insel Fehmarn Hotel, Su Accommodation and Travelers Point Hotel according to world-airport-codes.com.

Most of the hotels above offer deals in that when you book a flight and accommodation simultaneously, they will charge you less than they could have if you booked them differently on expedia.com. This is one of the cheapest ways you can enjoy your stay in Samoa. Other than accommodation, they also offer meals to the guests so do not stress upon where you can grab your favorite burger.

There are also other airports neighboring Fagali’I airport. Apia Faleolo airport, Pago Pago Airport, and Ofu Airport are among the closest. However, Fagali’I airport has the cheapest flight services at all times. If your budget is not at its best, you could choose to travel with Fagali’I any day.

Source: https://www.cheapflights.com/flights-to-Fagalii/

January 12, 2018

Dick Devos – Recap Article

Several years ago, a phone call between Dick DeVos and the CEO of AirTran changed everything for the Grand Rapids airport. The once small airport is now receiving a ton of upgrades that will be finished in 2018. While this may seem like a natural progression of the city, much of the reason comes down to one phone call that surprised many in the aviation industry.

 

DeVos is an avid pilot and has been affiliated with AirTran since his days as the CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He helped AirTran expand services to Grand Rapids, eventually leading to the expansion of the airport as a whole.

 

While DeVos has always been a pivotal business leader, he was most important to the city when he served as the CEO of Amway, his family’s company, he has taken interest in helping his city first and foremost. There have been many occasions when his leadership has intervened to create better opportunities for the city.

 

For example, he faced a challenge in 1991 before he was even ready to assume the role of CEO at Amway. There were plans spread publicly for the construction of a new sports multi-purpose complex and convention center in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. DeVos did not like the idea based on what he had seen when the construction of Pontiac Silverdome had left the city of Detroit desperate for funds in the wake of the Pistons and Lions leaving in the 1970s.

 

For that reason, DeVos set out to create a group that would help protect the businesses and people of Grand Rapids. Together, the group created Grand Action. Many of the business leaders had been apart of other construction projects with the DeVos family including the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, the DeVos Performance Hall, and the Grand Rapids City Market.

 

Through his business connections, DeVos has been able to make great strides for the city of Grand Rapids and plans to take this to Washington as he now sits on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Council. He will now be able to make smart moves for the aviation industry, which the CEO of Southwest can attest have already helped their business have a $48 million success story.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos have worked together for their community for many years under the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, which has donated over $187 million to charities. Learn more: http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/about