Fagali’i Airport (IATA Code: FGI) is one of the most important airports in the Independent State of Samoa. As the name suggests, FGI is located in Fagali’i, which is a part of the major island Upolu. Although FGI is rather small, it’s conveniently located only a 40-minute drive from the capital city of Apia.
After a few years of only using a grass airstrip, both Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan Government decided to put down asphalt in 2002 according to wikipedia.org. FGI was shut down for a few years because locals complained of the loud planes. As of 2005, however, FGI has been fully operational and there are no signs that the airport will shut down anytime soon. FGI’s new paved runway measures around 2,200 feet in length.
FGI’s major international flight destination is to Pago Pago International Airport (IATA: PPG) in American Samoa. For those who don’t know, Pago Pago is the capital city of American Samoa. PPG is only a few miles away from the center of Pago Pago.
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The major airlines that fly into FGI include Polynesian Airlines, South Pacific Island Airways, Talofa Airways, and Samoa Air. There are approximately five flights going in and out of FGI every day.
Probably the only airport that’s more important than Fagali’I Airport in Samoa is Faleolo International Airport (IATA: APW). About 25 miles west of Apia, APW services many international flights from major Western countries like the USA and Australia. With a runway at around 9,800 feet, Faleolo is certainly able to better accommodate larger planes than FGI.
Although there isn’t a great deal to see in Apia, the city is quite beautiful and is a very easy jumping off point for further exploration of Upolu. A few key places to visit while you’re in Apia include the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, the Museum of Samoa, and the lively fish market according to tripadvisor.com. Apia also has numerous restaurants and hotels with convenient taxi service to both FGI and APW.
Travelers should know that FGI is on Pacific time, which is +14 hours from Greenwich Mean Time. The official coordinates of this airport are as follows: 13° 50′ 54″ S 171° 44′ 30″ W. Lastly, FGI’s ICAO code is NSFI.
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