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Faleolo International Airport
IATA: APW – ICAO: NSFA

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Faleolo International
Location of airport in Samoa
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa
Elevation AMSL 58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 13°49′47″S 172°00′30″W / 13.82972°S 172.00833°W / -13.82972; -172.00833Coordinates: 13°49′47″S 172°00′30″W / 13.82972°S 172.00833°W / -13.82972; -172.00833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF

Faleolo International Airport (IATA: APW, ICAO: NSFA) is an airport located 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Until 1984, Faleolo could not accommodate jets larger than a Boeing 737. Larger jets, such as the Boeing 747, which are commonly used to service faraway destinations such as the US West Coast, Australia or New Zealand, could only land at nearby Pago Pago International Airport in the village of Tafuna, in American Samoa. Since the airport's expansion, however, most international traffic now serves Faleolo, and Tafuna only has service to Honolulu.

Small propeller jets connect American and independent Samoa.

Facilities

The airport resides at an elevation of 58 feet (18 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 × 148 ft).

Flexible runway surface, medium subgrade strength, medium tyre pressure (1500kpa max), and technical evaluation has been installed. Boeing 747s are the largest aircraft that can land at Faleolo. The runway is not strong enough for DC-10s, and is weight-restricted for Airbus A340 aircraft. Currently, Boeing 767s are the largest aircraft seen at Faleolo.

Faleolo Tower has some jurisdiction over the airspace of American Samoa and Tonga as well as its own airspace. It is assisted by the tower at Nadi, Fiji and the whole area is under Oceanic Control from Auckland, New Zealand.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Los Angeles, Tongatapu
Air Pacific Honolulu, Nadi
Inter Island Airways Ofu, Pago Pago, Tau
Polynesian Airlines Maota, Pago Pago, Tongatapu
Virgin Blue operated by Polynesian Blue Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney

Incidents

In 2000, Air New Zealand flight NZ60 nearly overshot the runway due to a faulty instrument landing system, which had been accidentally damaged by a digger. The pilots took a number of measures to successfully prevent an accident, which were incorporated into a training video.



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General Info
Country Western Samoa
ICAO ID NSFA
Time UTC-11
Latitude -13.829969
13° 49' 47.89" S
Longitude -172.008336
172° 00' 30.01" W
Elevation 58 feet
18 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 011° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Apia
Island Group Upolu I
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.1
118.5
3425
3467
5643
RDO
Avbl HO and O/R thru Faleolo, 24 hr PN rqr.
118.1
118.5
3425
3467
5643
APP 118.1
118.5
3425
3467
5643


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 9843 x 148 feet
3000 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 058FBXT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME FA FALEOLO 086X 113.9 1.2 NM 242.4
NDB FA FALEOLO - 270 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
CAUTION BASH
FUEL PPR. (NC-100, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 08-26 TCH 66'. Rwy 26 end lgt may not be visible til 2300' to 3000' fr rwy end due to rwy hump.
MISC Rwy grooved.
OPR HOURS Opr H24
TFC PAT Rwy 26 rgt tfc.



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