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The Fagali Experience

The Fagali Experience

The island of Fagali in the Samoan archipelago has an array of attractions for tourist of every age. The minute you step out of the Fagali airport, which was previously owned by Polynesian airlines you are immediately drawn into the islands beauty and charm.

Polynesian airlines reopened the Airport in 2009, and since then it has created a gateway for tourists from around the world. The Fagali airport created a way for the island to increase its revenues and improve the standard of living for the entire Samoan Archipelago.

Businesses of every kind have opened up near and around the Fagali airport including diving and snorkeling tours and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. The famous poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote the famous novel “Treasure Island” lived his last days on the island and visitors can come to his home to see how he lived. His love for adventure and treasure adds to the mysterious nature of the island.

Visitors can buy native merchandise at the Old Apia market, which is just four kilometers away from the Airport. One of the most popular attractions is the Papapappatai falls, which is a waterfall that falls 500 feet into a giant volcanic crater. The native people of Fagali airport have great respect for nature in general so, any econ-tourist will be happy to see the recycling and eco-friendly initiatives taking place on the island.

It is the dedication of Polynesian airlines that enables tourists to visit such incredible sites. This is truly a unique island and a hidden gem in the realm of tourist destinations.

From the immaculate beaches to the generous and friendly hospitality of the natives, the island is truly amazing. I would recommend visiting the plantation house and the crystal clear waters of the Piula Cave pools. The water is refreshing and a relief from the humid climate. Everyone who visits this fascinating place will be instantly charmed and want to come back.

Learn More: www.yr.no/place/american%20samoa/western%20district/fagali%60i/

Fagali’i Airport

Fagali’i Airport

Fagali’i Airport is located in the South Pacific region of Fagali’i, Samoa. It’s runway is 2,198 feet and made of asphalt. It is owned and operated by the Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Airport Authority. Fagali’i Airport is unique because its airstrip used to be grass only and it has a shorter runway compared to other airports in the region. It is a five minute drive from downtown Apia and because of it’s proximity it is used mainly for internal flights to Pago Paga (pronounced “Pah-Ngo Pah-Ngo”) and international flights sometimes as well.

Fagali’i Airport was met with a lot of controversy for safety reasons from the community and the government. Shortly after this backlash, it decided to undergo renovations. Fagali’i’s airstrip was paved and the airport re-opened July 6th, 2002. According to dohop.com Polynesian Local General Manager, Brent Schwenke helped to facilitate the grand opening which was attended by Polynesian Officials and the Samoan Government. Fagali’i Airport had was different from other airports in the region because, at the time, Polynesian Airlines were the only ones able to service the airport. The privately-owned “South Pacific Express” was in direct competition with Polynesian Airlines and utilized Faleolo Airport. Though smaller, Fagali’i was still able to maintain an advantage.

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Dynamics have, of course, changed over the years and the airport has been used by other airlines in the region. Some airlines that operated from the airport are: Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Talofa Airways. Fagali’i Airport was used mostly for daytime service and Faleolo Airport was used for night time service. Fagali’i unfortunately closed again in 2005 due to more safety and noise complains. On July 1st, 2009 it re-opened again. In order to re-open, it had to pass safety inspections from the Samoa Airport Authorities and it also had to pass civil inspection by the Pacific Aviation Office (PASO) according to encontreomedico.com.br. Right now, it is currently opened and flights are able to be taken in and out of the region.

Learn more about Fagali Airport: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fagali%27i_Airport