A Look At Which Airlines Use Fagali’i Airport In Samoa
People wishing to fly to Apia, Samoa, generally choose to land at Fagali’I Airport. While it is a small airport (with just a sole airstrip) it is conveniently located right next to the city and getting in and out of it is a breeze compared to the vast majority of airports around the world. There is a much bigger airport on the same island of Upolu but it is quite a bit further away and requires many of the hassles big airports entail.
Polynesian Airlines owns and operates Fagali’I Airport. They have about 12 flights a day taking off, every one of them to Pago Pago in nearby American Samoa. As of July 1, 2017, Talofa Airways is also now doing flights to Fagali’I Airport. Their route is directly from Tonga to Samoa. When talking about the launch of this route this airline’s spokesman, Taua Fat Tielu, said that to that point getting from Tonga to Samoa was a long and arduous nightmare. Travelers had to got to American Samoa first and then fly over to Samoa. This involved going through two customs and hours of flying which was a huge hassle for expatriates who just wanted to go home for a short vacation.
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Private charter flights using helicopters also take off and land at Fagali’I Airport. The best platform to use for this is SimpleCharters which was established in 2012. It was founded by Charles Denault III and he is this firm’s chief financial officer. They also operate between this airport and ones in American Samoa and Tonga according to expedia.com. Polynesian Airlines also offers private flights for people who want to tour Samoa and vicinity by air, offering discounts to larger groups.
Polynesian Airlines operates four aircraft for the trip back and forth between American Samoa and Samoa according to tripadvisor.com. Each of these planes is built in Canada and seats 19 passengers plus two operating the plane and a hostess. The last time there was any accident involving Fagali’I Airport was back in 1997 when an airplane crashed into Mount Vaea during really bad weather conditions. Two passengers died, a pilot died, and three people survived.
Learn more about Fagali’I Airport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfEnb3wwtYo