Fagali’I Airport (FGI), located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean on the island of Upolu Samoa, is an airport owned and operated by Polynesian Airlines. One very interesting fact about Fagali’I Airport is that it was a grass strip only airport at one time. This means that planes landed on grass rather than traditional landing strips.
In July of 2002 Fagali’I Airport reopened and was newly promised 6 traditional landing strips for airplanes to utilize. A few short years after the reopening of the airport it was de-commissioned in 2005 because the government felt it was posing too many noise concerns to the local village. By July of 2009 Polynesian Airlines reopened Fagali’I Airport and began offering international flights as well becoming one of the 2 largest airports in Samoa. Currently, the landing strip at the Fagali’I airport is made of asphalt with a length of 670 meters, or 2,198 ft.
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Samoa Air was the airline that previously ran out of Fagali’I Airport prior to Polynesian Airlines taking over the airport according to wikipedia.org. After re-opening, Samoa Air has become dormant since 2015, no longer offering flights out of Fahali’I Airport. After reopening the airport, Polynesian Airlines acquired a third DHC-6 Twin Otter to better service the inter-island airways. The DHC-6 is a Canadian 19 passenger plane, capable of short landing and takeoffs, which helps with multiple weekly flights to Ta’u and one weekly flight to ofu-Olosega islands.
Many online flight booking sites feature airfare savings deals to Fagali’I Airport. Tourists looking to save some money on flights can sign up to receive alerts which will notify them of the best prices for travel. Some of these sites also offer additional discounts for signing up with them, which is typically free for the user.
There are many sites that offer this feature so it is best to sign up at many to be able to view the most current deals according to youtube.com. A point of interest near the Fagali’I Airport is the Royal Samoa Golf Course.
Once a grass landing strip airport, Fagali’I Airport is now a competitive option for travel within the American Samoan airways.
For more information about Fagali’I Airport, just click https://www.world-airport-codes.com/samoa/fagali-i-312.html.