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Brief History

Fagali’I Airport is a public airport operated by Samoa Airport Authority and located in Fagali’i-Uta, about three miles South-east of Apia. It started as a small grass airstrip which served light aircrafts. It was reconstructed and reopened on 6th July, 2002. It was later decommissioned in early 2005 due to noise and safety concerns to the villagers.

The airport was previously under joint ownership and operation of Samoan Government and Polynesian Airlines. By then, it was a small airstrip which after upgrade for international flights, which included America Samoa and Pago Pago destinations, was reopened on on 1st July 2009 under the management of Polynesian Airlines.

Current Operations.

The airport serves different airlines. They include; Talofa Airways, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Polynesian Airlines.It acquired the DHC-6 Twin Otter nineteen passager utility airplane to serve inter-island services between Pago Pago, Samoa, Manua, Faleolo, and Tutuila. It also provides weekly flights to the Ofu- Olosega Island and Ta’u, the infamous American Samoa routes. Fagali’I Airport hosts low costs airlines which offer one of the cheapest flights which can be booked online.

What to find around the Airport

The airport is located in a serene environment with its nearby environs virtually equipped to accommodate everyone from all walks of life. About 2.2 miles away is a destination to experience the broad Samoa culture and less than a mile further is a museum for the tour lovers. Around the same neighborhood is Apia Habour with a thick marine reserve with dive and snorkel spots. There also spots within a mile radius for great Souvenirs, cave pools, eye-catching falls, sliding rocks, beach resorts among other places worth touring.


There are a variety of lucrative airport hotels most within walking distance from the airport. Their services, charges, and bookings can easily be accessed and done online. In case of any medical emergency, a well-equipped hospital is located around the corner that has a well-trained team that handles medical issues promptly.

Other airports that are near Apia Fagali include Apia Faleolo airport which is approximately 17miles away, Pago Pago airport 77miles and Ofu airport 138miles.

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The Reopening of Fagali’I Airport

Fagali’I airport was beforehand owned and ran by the government of Samoa in partnership with Polynesian airline back when its airstrip was covered with grass. The airport was closed down and later reopened in 2002. On January 2005, it was withdrawn by the government and closed down once again due to the villager concerns for safety and the noise the airport produced. The airport underwent some renovations and constructions before Polynesian airlines reopened it as a public airport on July 1st, 2009 and international flights were introduced to Pago Pago, American, and Samoa. The Samoa Airport Authority is the owner and operator of the airport. The airport serves Apia which is the capital of Samoa, and it is the secondary airport after Apia Faleolo Airport. Its IATA code is FGI, and its ICAO code is NSF, and it is located in Fagali’I Utah in Samoa. There are four airlines that have operated in the airport. These include; Samoa Air, Polynesian Airlines, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways. However, only Talofa Air and Polynesian airlines are currently operating at the airport. This is because the other two were closed down due to violations and breaching of Civil Aviation rules and regulations. Talofa Air was established in August 2016, and it operates flights within the Polynesian regions in both Faleolo and Fagali’I airports.

After reopening the Fagali’I airport, the Polynesian airline had over 30 flights scheduled for the Pago Pago route. According to Brent Schwenke, the local general manager for the Polynesian airline, flights were filling out very fast especially on the weekends and Fridays. The airport is mostly used for day-time flight services while the Faleolo International airport was to take overnight flights if there will be any required. Due to the village concerns about safety and the environmental impact the airport would bring, the Samoa Airport Authorities and The Pacific Aviation Office (PASO) conducted a civil safety inspection of the airport and approved the safety standards. Due to lack of enough space and short runways, planes from both SPEX and Interisland are not able to land at the airport; therefore, they were redirected to Faleolo Airport where there was enough runway for landing.

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