The Fagali’i Airport is in Fagali’i, Samoa. The Samoan Government and Polynesian Airlines previously operated and owned the airport. At one point in time, the Fagali’i airstrip consisted entirely of grass. On July 6th of 2002, the airstrip was paved and reopened. In January of 2005, the airstrip was de-commissioned because of the concerns of the village and Government regarding noise and safety.
Polynesian Airlines reopened the airport on July 1st of 2009. Their service included international flights to American Samoa and Pago Pago. When the airport reopened, there was criticism and controversy concerning the environmental and safety issues. There was additionally concern for the local communities in the event the airports configuration should fail.
Numerous airlines have operated from the Fagali’i Airport. These include:
- Polynesian Airlines
- South Pacific Island Airways
- Talofa Airways
- Samoa Air
- Samoa Airways
- Talofa Airways
Fagali’i is a village in the Samoa archipelago on the island of Upolu. The village is roughly five kilometers south-east of Apia. The larger political district is formed by Vaimauga East, or the faipule district. This is the electoral constituency forming Tuamasaga’s political district. According to the census taken in 2006, the village of Fagali’i has a population of 1.571. The Royal Samoa Golf Course and the Fagali’i International Airport are both located in close by in Fagali’i Uta.
Since the Fagali’I airport re-opened, a third DHC-6 Twin Otter has been acquired by Polynesian Airlines. This is so the Samoas can be better served after the services offered by Inter-Island Airways were discontinued. The services of the airline were based in Pago-Pago and offered flights to Samoa, Faleolo and the Manua Islands just east of Tutuila. The American Samoan routes are now being serviced by Polynesian Airlines. The services are offered multiple times each week to Ta’u (Fitiuta), and once each week to the Ofu-Olosega Islands.