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Fagali Airport Boosts Air Travel in Samoa

Fagali Airport is a small private airstrip (670 meters or 2,198 feet in length) on the island of Upolu in Samoa. It is currently owned by the Government of Samoa but was previously co-owned by Polynesian Airlines. Fagali Airport’s respective IATA and ICAO codes are FGI and NSFI. The airport is located next to the Royal Samoa Golf Course in Fagali’i-Uta, approximately 5 kilometers southeast of Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Fagali Airport primarily serves in the daytime. Nighttime flights are handled by the nearby Faleolo International Airport, which is about a 5-minute drive away, located in Apia. Polynesian Airlines purchased an additional DHC-6 Twin Otter to provide more inter-island route support. Current routes include service to Pago Pago and Savai’i of American Samoa and weekly service to the Ofu-Olosega Islands. Visit cheapflights.com for more info.

Some of the airlines that have operated from the Fagali Airport include Samoa Air, Polynesian Airlines, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways. Currently, it appears as though only Polynesian and Talofa Airways operate from Fagali. The third primary airline of the nation, Samoa Air, has appeared to cease operations. There have been no updates from the company since 2015. While Talofa Airways began operations in 2016, it is unclear if the two companies are related.

Though it is currently operational, Fagali Aiport has had a number of closures. In January 2002 the runway reopened after it was paved, a renovation from a previous grass-only airstrip. In January 2005 until July 2009, it was closed again, this time over concerns regarding noise and safety for the residents of the island. Its reopening included a grand ceremony, news coverage, and commentary from Polynesian Airline general manager Brent Schwenke.

The approximately 1,500 residents of Fagali’i offered a variety of feedback on the operations and closures of the airport, ranging from support for the island’s economy to criticism of the airport’s environmental impact. Visit: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/211817/samoa-air-gets-green-light-to-use-fagali’i-airport

 

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