Fagali’i Airport is one of the primary airports in the Independent State of Samoa. As the name suggests, Fagali’i Airport is located in the village of Fagali’i (aka Fagali’i-uta) just a few miles away from the capital city Apia. Honestly, this tiny city of barely over 1,000 residents is only known for its airport.
Apia is only a five-kilometer drive from Fagali’i Airport, which makes it extremely convenient for tourists and business travelers according to world-airport-codes.com. Both of these cities are on the central north coast of the Samoan island of Upolu.
Although Fagali’i Airport is small, it offers convenient daily flights to the larger Pago Pago International Airport (IATA: PPG). People arriving at Fagali’i Airport also have easy access to Apia’s larger Apia Faleolo Airport (IATA: APW) for connecting flights. APW has a much longer runway than Fagali’i Airport, so it’s better able to service international flights to Western nations.
Interestingly, APW is further away from the center of Apia than Fagali’i Airport on expedia.com. APW is located some 25 miles to the west of the capital city.
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For those who don’t know, Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa. Samoa and American Samoa are extremely close in the South Pacific Ocean, so a flight from Fagali’i Airport to PPG usually only takes around 30 minutes.
For a long time, the runway at Fagali’i Airport was a bare field of grass. In the early 2000s, however, this runway was finally paved with asphalt. In 2005, Fagali’i Airport was temporarily decommissioned because of environmental hazards. As of 2009, however, Fagali’i Airport is open for business and officially operated by Polynesian Airways. Fagali’i Airport runway measures a respectable 2,198 feet.
Once in Apia, there are plenty of things for visitors to see and do. Fun fact: Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) spent a great deal of time in Apia later in his life. In fact, Stevenson is buried in this city at the top of Mt. Vaea. The Samoan people had great respect for Mr. Stevenson, especially his work in local politics and his criticism of colonial rule. Sadly, Stevenson died in Apia at the young age of 44. Almost every citizen of Samoa knows Stevenson’s epigraph by heart. You can learn more about this author’s life at Apia’s Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
Fagali’i Airport’s official IATA Code is FGI. You might also see Fagali’i Airport referred to by its ICAO Code of NSFI. The airport’s specific coordinates are 13° 50’ 54’’ S and 171° 44’ 30’’ W.
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