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Fagali’i Airport on Upolu Island

The Fagali Airport (FGI) is a small single airstrip in Apia, Upolu at latitude – 13.8486996 and longitude at – 171.7400055. The WAC is 892. This airport operates in the GMT time zone at +1300 hours.

The Samoan government owned and operated the Fagali Airport, but now ownership has transferred to the Polynesian Airlines. In the past, this airport was only a grass airstrip, no concrete, but was paved in July 2002. However, the airport was decommissioned in January 2005 because of safety concerns, including environmental issues and loud noise complaints from local communities. However, it was reopened in July 2009 resuming service to Pago Pago (a 20 minute trip), Faleolo Airport, the and American Samoa island (Under 2 hour trip).

The population of Fagali is 1,571, very safe for tourists to visit. Upon arrival, non-US citizens need to have at least one blank page in their passports to gain entry to their country. Most come to explore the surrounding natural areas.

Ground transportation is available upon departing the airport. There are many hotels nearby and luxury, world-class resorts such as the Taumeasina on the coast.

The closest airport to Fagali is the Faleolo International Airport 25 miles away on the west coast of Apia. The entire island of Upolu has a stunning landscape with some of the most remote rainforests in the world. There are mesmerizing volcanic mountains, naturally beautiful cascading waterfalls, and picturesque coastlines for miles. This island is a true hidden charm perfect to explore by foot.

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