Fagali’i Airport and the Island of Upola

     The Fagali Airport, previously owned and operated by Polynesian Airlines, is located in Fagali, Samoa. This is a small village on the island of Upola approximately 5 kilometers southeast of Apia. It, at one time, was a grass-only strip that was paved and opened in 2002, only to be quickly de-commissioned in 2005 due to safety concerns. In 2009 Polynesian Airlines reopened it and resumed service. The controversial airline attracted criticism from both an environmental and safety stand point.

Few airlines have operated from the airport including: Polynesian Airlines and Somoa Air. Although small, the airline is very reasonably priced and a great way to travel to and from the island of Upola. Upola, a beautiful island, was formed by a massive volcano. 75 kilometers long and 1,125 kilometers wide, it stands as the second largest geographic area with a population of 135,000 people and is one of the most populated Samoa Islands.

One can use all of the commonly used travel sites to find easy and cheap flights to Fagali Airport. Depending on the time of year, flight prices and times will vary. The best place to stay once you have arrived to the island would be Apia, only a short distance away, this will provide the most variety of housing options at a cheap price.