On the island of Upolu in the Samoa archipelago is the city of Fagali’i which has a population of 1571 people. Here you will find the Fagali’i Airport, a key hub for flights within the Polynesian Triangle. It began as a grass-only landing trip but was upgraded with asphalt paving in 2002 giving it a more robust capability to handle a variety of aircraft.
The Fagali’i Airport was previously owned by Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan government. Today it is listed as a public facility and is operated by the Samoa Airport Authority.
The Fagali’i airport is an important part of the transport infrastructure of Apia, the capital and largest city of Samoa. The Apia urban area has a population of 36,735. The airport is about a five-minute drive from downtown Apia. This makes for an easy airport-to-city connection. Fagali’i Airport is also extremely convenient for trips to Tutuila Island, which is the home of the Pago Pago International Airport of American Samoa.
Thus, Fagali’i Airport is used for both internal flights and off-island points of destination across American Samoa.
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A variety of airlines have taken advantage of Fagali’i Airport, including Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airway and Talofa Airways. The latter is a Samoan operator that offers flights to points across Polynesia.
The main runway of the of Fagali’i Airport is 2,198 feet in length according to tripadvisor.com.br. There are a number of hotels within easy driving distance of the airport, including the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, the Insel Fehmarn Hotel, the Taumeasina Island Resort, the Le Alaimoana Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows – and several more.
Industry observers see the Fagali’i Airport as a key part of the Samoan economy which as a Gross Domestic Product of about $1.2 billion. Many think tourism is the island’s largest economic engine. However, the primary driver of the economy in this Polynesian nation is the industrial sector. That’s followed by the services sector and agriculture.
All of these industries rely on a robust transportation infrastructure that includes critical facilities such as the Fagali’i Airport.
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