A Look At The History Of Fagali’I Airport

Fagali’I Airport is a small, privately-held airport located on the outskirts of Apia, Samoa. For decades it just had a grass airstrip but that was paved over in July 2002. Polynesian Airlines owns Fagali’I Airport and they have several daily flights back and forth to Pago Pago, American Samoa. In the past other airlines have also used this airport including Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways.

Most people who go through Fagali’I Airport are either residents of Upolu Island or they are tourists. Polynesian Airlines only does day-time flights. It had been closed for a number of years but this airline reopened it in 2009. At the time Samoa Airport Authorities and performed a safety inspection and Pacific Aviation Office also inspected it. Fagali’I Airport has a short runway so only small planes can land at it. Larger planes land at an international airport which is about 35 miles away.

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As most things to do on Upolu Island are located in and around Apia tourists in general like to land at Fagali’I Airport since it is so convenient. Most hotels are within a few miles of it as are tourist destinations, shopping, and restaurants. This airport is a colonial-style building which is around 3,000 sq. ft. Since there is a flight landing about every 30 minutes during the daytime there are usually around 15 taxis waiting outside of it as well as the shuttles of those hotels which offer them.

Just a five-minute walk from Fagali’I Airport there is the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve which is a popular destination for Apia’s residents as well as tourists. It is a great place to lie on the beach, swim, or snorkel at. It contains a large pool where many tropical fish can be spotted as well as giant sea turtles.

Another thing to do just down the road from Fagali’I Airport is the Museum of Samoa according to tripadvisor.com.br. This is a two-story building which was built over 100 years ago and was once a German school. It contains cultural and historical artifacts from across Samoa and other Pacific islands. It doesn’t cost anything to visit this museum but will gladly take donations.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagali%27i