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Fagali’i Airport

Fagali’i airport is in the Pacific island nation of Samoa. Its airport code is FGI. Initially, the airport was a joint venture between the Samoan government and Polynesian Airlines. At first, the airport had only a grass airstrip for planes to land and take off. In 2002, this airstrip was paved and the airport operated for just under three years. Closed between 2005 and 2009, Fagali’i airport reopened with multiple airlines offering connections to American Samoa and beyond.

Polynesian Airlines operates a dozen direct flights daily between Fagali’i airport and Pago Pago, American Samoa (PPG). The flight time in either direction is approximately 35 minutes. This route operates seven days a week, with Friday flights being particularly popular. From Pago Pago, Hawaiian Airlines offers connections to Hawaii and beyond. At various times, Fagali’i airport has also been served by Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways, and Talofa Airways. At the time of writing, flights from the United States to Fagali’i airport are operated by Fiji Airways on Other international flights connecting to FGI are offered by Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, and United.


Fagali’i airport remains relatively small, like its runway. However, by comparison with larger airports, there are advantages in terms of convenience. Downtown Apia, Samoa is only a five-minute drive from the airport. Fagali’i airport is used primarily for daytime flight departures and arrivals. The Faleolo International Airport, roughly 40 minutes further driving time from downtown Apia, handles departures and arrivals during night-time hours.

The proximity of Apia to Fagali’i airport means that travelers can easily use downtown hotels as airport accommodation before or after a flight. Insel Fehmarn Hotel is located at the airport, while within 5 miles there are multiple independent hotels and resorts, in addition to a Sheraton hotel. Travelers can get close to nature right near the airport, whether at the Lupe Sina Treesort in Apia, or the Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa according to The long Samoan coastline is easily accessible from the airport, and many of the hotels in the area are situated on Pacific beaches. A rental car is a convenient way to get from the airport to Apia and elsewhere on the island.

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