Thanks to inbound growth and the rise of interisland travel within Samoa, domestic air services have re-launched and will now be serviced by Samoa Air – Samoa’s official National Carrier.
100% locally owned and operated, Samoa Air operates a fleet of BN2A Islanders – one of the best selling commercial aircraft produced in Europe and is known for its STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) which is ideal for the Samoan air strips.
A route once served only by ferries, Samoa Air will have 5 return daily services between the Upolu and Savaii and will operate out of the re-opened air strips of Fagalii on Upolu and Maota and Asau in Savai’i.
The newly re-opened domestic air strips offers a convenient option for travelers who are located on different parts of the island.
Fagalii Airport (FGI) is located approximately 5km South-East of Apia, Maota Airport (MXS) on the island of Savai’i, is a 10 minute drive from the business hub of Salelologa, while Asau Airport (AAU) is located on the North Western side of Savaii, allowing passengers to avoid the 3 hour carriage time if travelling from the wharf.
Samoa Air will also have facilities to provide charter flights.
“We are very excited to be offering our people and our guests this new travel option – encouraging greater travel between the islands and allowing visitors to our country the option to see more of the Treasured Islands,” says the Samoa Tourism Authority.
The airline will also service flights to destinations in American Samoa, Tonga, Wallis Island and Niue.
See www.samoaair.ws for more information on schedules and destinations.