Fagali’I Airport (FGI) is a public airport located in Apia, Samoa. It has a single strip that is 2,198 feet in length. The owner of this airport is Polynesian Airlines which also has its headquarters nearby. Polynesian Air has flights to Pago Pago, Ofu Olosega, and Ta’u in American Samoa as well as Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand that are flown back and forth to throughout the week. This airport was built in 1959 and it originally had a grass landing strip.
Polynesian Airlines has four aircraft it uses for its flights at Fagali’I Airport. The biggest one is a Boeing 737-800 they operate that can seat 170 people. The also have three smaller De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft that can each seat 19 people. The airport is located very close to Apia which makes it very convenient to get to tourist spots in and around the city.
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There are a number of things to do around Fagali’I Airport for tourists visiting Apia. Perhaps the best-known place is the Robert Louis Stevenson House which this famous author and poet had built just outside of Vailama, a village just outside of Apia. According to expedia.com, it is now a museum and features a large collection of his items as well as other pieces from the late 1800s. Above his house people can also visit his grave on the peak of Mount Vaea.
Visitors coming to Apia via Fagali’I airport also enjoy an event that is held each Wednesday at the Aggie Grey’s Hotel according to wikipedia.org. The event is called “Fia Fia” and it features ancient Samoan singing, drumming, and dancing. The highlight is a fire-knife dance they perform. The cost of tickets is 85 Samoan Tala which translates to $33.47 USD at current currency rates.
Another popular place near the Fagali’I Airport is the Mulinu’u Peninsula. This is where Samoa’s parliament house is seated and it also features a historic observatory. There are also a large number of tombs of important Samoans that can be visited as well. There is also the Museum of Samoa which contains items such as Lapita pottery.
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