Fagali’I Airport: Gateway To The Island

Fagali Airport is a private airport owned and operated by Polynesian Airlines located on the island of Upolu in Samoa. It primarily serves the village of Fagali, which has a population of approximately 1500 inhabitants. In addition the airport is 5 kilometers away from the larger city of Apia, which has a population of over 35,000 inhabitants.

Originally, the airport consisted of only a grass runway, which limited the types of aircraft that the airport was able to accommodate. The runway was paved over in 2002, which allowed for increased air traffic and a greater variety of aircraft to utilize the runway. While the sealing of the runway was a positive step for the airport, it increased safety and noise concerns for the nearby village of Fagali. In 2005, a mere three years after the runway was paved, the Fagali’I airport was decommissioned as a direct result of these safety and noise concerns. However, this closure only lasted until 2009 when the airport was reopened. The reopening of Fagali airport resulted in the commencement of international flights from the airport to Pago, Pago in American Samoa.

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Currently four airlines operate out of the airport according to radionz.co.nz. Polynesian Airlines, Talofa Airways, South Pacific Island Airways, and Samoa air operate out of the airport. Airport traffic has been busy enough to warrant Polynesian Airlines purchasing a third DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft to serve the increased traffic.

While the primary destination of flights out of the airport is Pago, Pago, the airport also serves other destinations in Samoa. The airport currently operates a weekly flight to the Ofu-Olosega Islands according to wikipedia.org. Furthermore, Samoa Airways offers multiple weekly flights to Ta’u. It has been nearly a decade since the airport was reopened and it seems with increased traffic and routes that the future of the airport will be bright.

Check more about Fagali’I Airport: https://www.world-airport-codes.com/samoa/fagali-i-312.html