Fagali'i

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Fagali'i or Fagali'i-uta is a village on the island of Upolu in the Samoa archipelago approximately 5 kilometres south-east of Apia. It is in the electoral constituency of Vaimauga East (faipule district) which forms part of the larger political district of Tuamasaga.

The population of Fagali'i is 1,571 (2006 Census).[1]

Fagali'i International Airport and the Royal Samoa Golf Course are both located nearby in Fagali'i Uta.

Airport[edit]

Fagali'i Airport
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IATA: FGIICAO: NSFI
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner Polynesian Airlines
Operator Polynesian Airlines
Serves Apia
Location Fagali'i-Uta
Coordinates 13°50′54″S 171°44′30″W / 13.84833°S 171.74167°W / -13.84833; -171.74167Coordinates: 13°50′54″S 171°44′30″W / 13.84833°S 171.74167°W / -13.84833; -171.74167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 670 2,198 Asphalt
Royal Samoa Golf Course and Fagali'i Airport.

Fagali'i Airport is owned and operated by Polynesian Airlines. Fagali'i airstrip - at one time a grass-only airstrip, was reopened on the 6th of July 2002 after the airstrip was re-sealed,[2] only to be de-commissioned in Jan 2005 due to Government and village concerns, allegedly due to safety and noise.

On 1 July 2009, Polynesian Airlines reopened Fagali'i airport and resumed a service that included international flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa.[3]

The proposal to re-open the airport was controversial and attracted criticism both for the safety and environmental issues with the airport's configuration and for the potential burden on local communities should the scheme fail.[4]

Airlines that have operated from the airport include:

Current Operations[edit]

Polynesian logo

Since re-opening Fagali'i, Polynesian Airlines has acquired a third DHC-6 Twin Otter to better serve the Samoas in light of the cessation of services of Inter-Island Airways which operated a Pago-Pago based service to Faleolo, Samoa and the Manu'a islands to the East of Tutuila. Polynesian now services the American Samoan routes with multiple weekly services to Ta'u (Fitiuta) and once weekly services to Ofu-Olosega Islands.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and Housing Census Report 2006" (PDF). Samoa Bureau of Statistics. July 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Polynesian Whispers 2002
  3. ^ Sagapolutele, Fili. "Polynesian to resume flying into Fagali’i airport this week". Samoa News. SamoaNews.com. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Samoa Observer 23 November 2008
  5. ^ "Polynesian Airlines Current Schedule". Retrieved July 2015.