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A Trip to Fagali’I Airport

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Fagali is a village located on the island of Upolu, Samoa. The island is 5 km south east of Apia. The Fagali’I Airport is a unique one. It is operated by the Samoa Airport Authority. It was previously owned and operated by Polynesian Airlines. It’s landing strip was at one time only made of grass. The airport was decommissioned in 2005 because of government concerns over the safety policies in place. Four years later the airport re opened in July of 2009. This is only after several safety enhancements and renovations were made to the Fagali airport. Although reopening the airport was controversial it was in full compliance with safety and environmental policies. The airport is located just a few miles from the capital of Apia. Consisting of only one terminal this airport is unlike any other. Generally when planning for a flight, travelers are recommended to arrive a few hours ahead of their scheduled flight. Find out more about Fagali at expedia.com

However at this airport arriving that early may leave you in boredom as it’s so small that you don’t necessarily have to. Most locals would say 30 minutes up to an hour max would be efficient time for you to check in and still have time to relax before your flight. Amenities in Fagali airport are limited but across the street from the terminal you can find a local village market store serving small snacks such as chips and fruit. When checking in not only are your bags weighed but they also weigh the passengers too. The reasoning for this is because with their aircrafts being compact it’s vital to not overload them. The surrounding island is a small tourist like city and offers hotels as well as resorts. If you are traveling to or from the airport you may look into shuttle buses that operate routes every 15 to 20 minutes. Taxi service is also available however the shuttle bus will save you a few more dollars. Fagali international airport currently has 4 airlines. There are no currency exchange services within the airport but a 10 minute ride into the village will take you to numerous. The ATMs at the airport do take cards from every country though and you may find this convenient.

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