Fagali’I Airport is a public airport found in Fagali’I-Uta in the state of Samoa. The Fagali’I Airport, whose IATA code is FGI, serves Apia, the largest and the capital city of Samoa. The 670 meters runway airport was previously owned and controlled by both the Polynesian Airlines and the Samoa Government. Fagali’I Airport services the local and international flights that include to American Samoa and Pago Pago. The airport ICAO Code is NSF, and its coordinates are 13 ° 50’54” South and 171 ° 44’30”West. Its time zone is on Pacific/Apia GMT +14:00 while the airport Latitude is -13.8486996 and on the longitude of -171.7400055.
Initially the Fagali’I Airport was a grass floored airstrip. It was renovated, paved with asphalt, and reopened for public use in July 2002. However, due to its proximity to the surrounding community dwellings, there was much concern on the safety and noise emitted from the airport. This concern led to public outcry leading to its decommissioning in January 2005. Later in July 2009, the Fagali’I Airport was reopened by the Polynesian Airlines. The reopening attracted heated criticism from various parties due to unresolved environmental and safety issues. Therefore, many quarters felt that if the airport project failed it could create a potential burden on the local communities.
The airport connects other close and international terminals. The surrounding and near airports to Fagali’I Airport are Apia Faleolo airport which 28 km away, Pago Pago airport 124km away, Ofu airport, Fitiuta 252 km away, and Niutoputapu airport. Some of the main airlines that operate at the airport include Polynesian Airlines, Talofa Airways, Samoa Air, and South Pacific Island Airways among others.
For the travelers who would want to have some rest, great hotels are surrounding the Fagali’I Airport, Apia. They include Insel Fehmarn Hotel located on Falealili Street, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Beach Road Sogi, Talofa Inn on the Vaea Street, and Travellers Point Hotel. Others include Apia Central Hotel on Savalalo Road, Lynn’s Gateway on Salenesa Road and Monalisa Hotel on the main North Coast Region.