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Fagali’i Airport- Tiny Airport Big Spirit

Fagali’i Airport might be small but there spirit is big as the pacific ocean, most international travelers have never heard of Fagali’i. They are eclipsed by Apia, a larger city a 5 kilometer distance with a population of 36,000. Fagali’i is a small village of about 1500 according to a census back in 2006; Upolu is apart of the Samoan Island. Many travelers venture to Upolu for its breathtaking beauty, tourist excursions. The Royal Samoan Golf Course is positioned in the village of Fagali’i, near the airport.

According to Fagali’i Airport wasn’t an easy undertaking, because it’s owned and operated by the Samoan Government. The Samoan government made safety it’s top concern when it reopened the airport back in 2009, under the authority of Polynesian Commercial Airlines. Fagali’i had grassy runways which were later upgraded to asphalt, that it maintains today. Fagali’i is one of five airports that fly to/from Samoan, which comply with all governmental regulation in regards to entry. Aircraft are restricted by wingspan of 20 meters, which also are restricted to daylight hours, with non-instrument controls.


Polynesian Commercial Airlines has a rich history which dates back to the 1950’s. They were the inspiration of an Australian airline captain with Samoan businessman, which never looked back. Today, Polynesian Commercial Airlines is the best known airline throughout the Pacific Region according to They service the Samoan Islands and American Samoa with DHC-6 Twin Otter Aircraft. For years, Polynesian Commercial Airlines was the only means of air travel to/from Fagali’i. Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter was determined to bring his lifelong dream to fruition, with Talofa Airlines. In August 2016, Hunter finally realized his dream, When Tafola Airlines was established as a commercial carrier to Fagali’i. Talofa provides passenger and cargo services between Samoa and American Samoa & other pacific islands. Talofa operates with Twin Commander 690B model aircraft, which allows for a most comfortable flight.

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