Fagali’I Airport is located in Fagali’I, Samoa and while it is one of the smaller airstrips on the island, it is the main airstrip used for local island travel. Previously owned by Polynesian Airlines and the Samoan government, Fagali’I began as a grass-only airstrip. Today, it is a thriving airport featuring flights to Pago Pago, American Samoa. It hosts many of the larger island airlines, such as Polynesian Airlines, Samoa Air, South Pacific Island Airways and Talofa Airways. All of these airlines fly internationally and provide service to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa.
Fagali’I airport is one of the most conveniently located to downtown Apia. The main airport, Faleolo International, is located more than 40 miles outside the city. Fagali’I is the hub for smaller flights to and from Pago Pago and other island communities, and it is located just a few miles from Apia and major destinations of interest. Apia Park, National Parliament and Faleata Golf Course to name a few, are a stone’s throw from Fagali’I and convenient to get to!
No matter what the budget of the traveler, Fagali’I is also located to some of the best rated hotels in the area. Travel websites such as Trip Adviser and Travelocity feature hotels near to Fagali’I that are as low as $78 per night all the way up to the more luxurious beachfront options that might reach $234 per night. All of these hotels have a 4 star or better rating, giving travelers options for their budget without sacrificing quality of service or the beauty of their destination. It would be difficult to find an uninteresting place near to the Fagali’I airport!
The city of Apia maintains its closeness to traditional island culture, and Fagali’I airport allows that culture to remain intact while also offering travel options to more modern urban settings such as Pago Pago, American Samoa. It is a great connector between the islands and remains an asset to the island community to this day.
Fagali’i is a small village located on the island of Upolu in the Samoan archipelago region which is approximately 5 kilometers on the south-eastern side of Apia. The population of this town is around 1,500 according to the 2006 census. The means of transport in the village is via air transport and road. Air transport is offered by the Fagali’i airport which is located in the vicinity of the town.
Fagali’i Airport is an airport located in Fagali’I Samoa. The airport was paved and reopened in 2002 by the previous owners, the Samoan government, and the Polynesian Airlines. In 2009, the Polynesian Airlines took ownership of the airport and commissioned its opening with flights destined to Pago Pago and the American Samoa.
The airport is recognized and certified by IATA with an operational code of FGI. It also has an ICA Code which is NSFOI. Anyone willing to visit Samoa and enjoy the cozy lifestyle and sunny beaches can do so by booking a flight destined to Fagali’i. Currently, only two airlines, namely the Talofa Airways, and Samoa Airways are operational in the airport. However, this should not act as a form of discouragement since the flights are operational on a daily basis. What you need to do is to book your flight on time, and you are ready to go.
Fagali’i offers you some of the best hotels to dine and sleep in all year round. The good thing about these hotels is the fact that they are cheap and located close to the airport. For example, you can book a hotel room for as little as $57 per night. If you prefer high-end hotels such as Tumeasina Island Resort and Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, then you will be required to part with about $200, which is still affordable to many avid travelers. Various means of transport such as taxis and buses are readily available to take you to your destination. The drive from the airport to your destination is an excellent opportunity to tour the small town of Fagali’i. You will also get the chance to interact with the local community and learn more about their rich culture.
A number of discussions touching on Austin area’s transit have been directed at the city. A growth summit held in the recent past had the opportunity to look at the transportation challenges from the angle of the needs that the suburban communities in the area had. The panel involved in the discussion had Mr. Mike Heiligenstein from CTRMA, Joseph Kopser, the founder of RideScout LLC, Jared Fickling from ArgoDesign and Leander Johns, Texas external affairs director of Uber technologies. The discussion event took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. It was centered on the various ways that technology is changing the transportation face across the world and the Austin region in particular.
The need to grow the transportation capacity of Austin Area
Mike Heiligenstein noted that indeed new technologies like ridesharing apps and driverless vehicles had the ability to transform the transportation infrastructure in the area; there is still a need to invest more in the capacity. This would particularly involve the developing of more smart roads as the only way to fully satisfy and meet the demands placed on the existing infrastructure by the growing population in Williamson County. Mike stated that the county had tried to develop its infrastructure over the last 15 years, but there was need to expand these capacities.
Policymakers’ preparations for the Future
Ficklin insisted on the need to make land-use and building codes more flexible. He was responding to a query raised by the mayor of Round Rock, Alan McGraw, on the steps that policymakers ought to take in preparation of meeting future transportation needs. Ficklin insisted on the need to develop more roads and parking garages as the new autonomous vehicles will still need to use them. The parking garages will have a number of levels and that is not allowed in the existing building codes currently.
CTRMA is an autonomous agency of the government that was launched back in 2002 to help in improving the transportation systems of Travis and Williamson counties. The mission of the agency is the implementation of transportation solutions aimed at reducing congestion and create those that will enhance economic vitality and life quality. A board of directors consisting of seven members oversees the mobility authority.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein has led an illustrious career in developing infrastructure in the Central Texas area and is the executive director of CTRMA. He has represented the citizens in this fast growing area in the Williamson County as an elected official for 23 years. He holds a Masters in Business and Government Administration (University of Texas graduate).