In between the Hawaiian Islands and New Zealand, Samoa is a popular vacation destination made up of six islands. Of these islands, Upolu is the most populated followed by Savai’i. People traveling in or out of this archipelago usually have to catch their flight somewhere on Upolu. One of the most popular airports in Upolu is called Fagali’i-uta (aka Fagali’i) International Airport (IATA: FGI), which is a short drive south of the capital city Apia. Learn more about Fagali Airport at booking.com
Founded in the early 2000s, FGI is a small airport with an asphalt runway of just over 2,000 feet. The main destination people travel to from Fagali’i is Pago Pago, which serves as the capital of American Samoa. Since Pago Pago International Airport is larger than FGI, it can easily transport guests to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii. Polynesian Airlines is the top company operating at Fagali’i Airport. Usually there are at least five flights between Pago Pago and Fagali’i every day.
The main reason travelers love FGI has to do with its proximity to the capital Apia. There is, however, another airport on Upolu that’s slightly further away from Apia. Located about 25 miles west of Apia, the Faleolo International Airport is larger than FGI and services more airlines. Most international tourists nowadays fly into Faleolo and only use Fagali’i to connect them with American Samoa.
Although Samoa and American Samoa are a part of the same archipelago, they are under different jurisdictions. As the name implies, American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the USA. Anyone who is not an American citizen who wants to enter American Samoa must have a valid passport. Samoa, however, won its independence from New Zealand in 1962. Today, anyone can enter Samoa without a visa and stay for at least 60 days.