Fagali’I Airport is an airport that is privately owned by Polynesian airlines. It is located in Samoa about 5 kilometers southeast of the city of Apia and is hidden in the rainforest. Apia is the capital of Samoa and is the only actual city in the small island nation.
On July 6, 2002, Fagali’I airstrip, which was once a grass covered airstrip, was resealed and reopened. However, only two a half years later, in January 2005, it was de-commissioned. This was due to concerns over safety and noise by the government and villages. It was once again reopened on July 1, 2009.
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This reopening was brought up concerns for safety and environmental issues according to world-airport-codes.com.
The runway is 670 meters in length and is now covered in asphalt. Although amities are fairly limited at this small airport, you can get a rental car, a hotel shuttle or a taxi cab. There are no on site hotels, but there are nearby hotels where passengers can get some sleep if they need to.
Only two airlines operate from Fagali’I Airport. These are Polynesian airlines and Samoa air. Samoa airways runs various routes to Ta’u, which the last volcanic island the east and to Pago-Pago. Pago Pago lies on the island of Tutuila. They also run weekly flights to Ofu-Olosega Islands Polynesian airlines can also service the Samoans more efficiently since their purchase of their third DHC-6 Twin Otter according to cheapflights.com. Americans can get a direct flight to Fagali’I Airport from several U.S. airports, including Honolulu.
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