The first time Fagali’I Airport opened its doors for business was in July 2002. At that time it was owned by both Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan Government. It closed in January 2005 because the government and nearby villages had issues with the noise. Many insiders think that was just an excuse on the part of the government and that in reality, it was just too expensive for them to operate both Faleolo International Airport and Fagali’l. In any case, a buyer began the process of buying the land in 2006. By 2008, the buyer still hadn’t completed the transaction, so PA decided to keep it.
PA started the work of reopening FA operations in February 2009. Since its 2005 closure, the grounds had become overgrown, with many weeds and trees needing to be taken out. They reopened Fagali’I airport with new services in July 2009. This time they were the sole owners and operators. Today Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways all operate their airlines at the airport. The airport’s International Air Transport Association code is FGI. Its International Civil Aviation Organization code is FGI.
The airport is located just two miles from the center of Apia, the capital of Samoa. For the convenience of tourists, a multiplicity of Taxis and buses are located at the terminal and can quickly take them to the anywhere in the city. The leaders of the company are pretty certain that Polynesian Airlines would have died if not for the founding of Fagali’l Airport. Prior to its second reopening, while it did make a profit, it was facing increasingly stiff competition from larger companies. After the land buyer backed out, the company runners decided they needed to save their company from eventual death by reopening FA.
According to lonelyplanet.com, the original spot seemed truly advantageous because it offered tourists and excellent arrival point to the capital city. So, in fact, some of the leadership were actually happy when the sale to the land buyer fell through.
NBC Miami recently featured a story that highlights the dangers of contraband in correctional facilities. Robert Johnson, a retired corrections officer, sustained gunshot injuries from retaliation of a former inmate. For the last seven years, his mission is educating and consulting on wireless containment systems for contraband cellular devices. Operating like a small cell tower, the WCS cuts off calls before they’re able to be connected. The problem has escalated to include an infant being killed because of contraband cell phone communications from a correctional facility. Johnson is a consultant for top telecommunications service provider Securus Technologies, who provides and installs the WCS devices in the facilities.
The organization has been around since 1986 and is based in Texas. Serving over 3,000 entities and 1.2 million inmates, Securus Technologies is constantly evolving. They’re most known for providing phone service in corrections. Other services offered include video visitation, voicemail, messaging, and even financial services. Keeping families connected is the primary focus of Securus.
To stay ahead in technology, Securus Technologies acquired many companies throughout the years. The most recent acquisitions are GovPayNet and JPay. Both companies are in the financial services business. WCS technology is a product of JPay. While there haven’t been any official announcements, it’s believed that the companies plan to advance this technology and implement it across the country. Robert Johnson is so passionate about the topic, he’s lobbying to make the technology mandatory. To date, a rough estimate states that intercepted contraband communications are in the billions.
The company is also often given praise for its valuable monitoring services. The ability to uncover details that make prosecution much easier, and, in some cases possible; the company can provide invaluable information to officials. Monitoring employees also help keep them honest and behaving in an ethically sound manner. Both internal and external customers are appreciative of the added safety Securus Technologies’ provide.
Securus Technologies recently became accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB also gave Securus an “A+” rating. This is a great accomplishment, especially considering the nature of the business. Having an over 95 percent customer satisfaction rating and resolving nearly 100 percent of inquiries within one contact are also great accomplishments. Keeping up with technology and connecting loved ones is what Securus stands for. They’re certainly a company to keep an eye out for in the future.