Fa'a'ā International Airport

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Fa'a'ā International Airport
Aéroport International Tahiti Fa'a'ā
Aéroport international Tahiti Faa'a.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator SETIL - Aéroports
Serves Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Pape'ete
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 2 m / 5 ft
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Website tahiti-aeroport.pf
NTAA is located in Tahiti
Location in Tahiti
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,420 11,220 Bitumen/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Total passengers 1,150,610
Sources: French AIP[1] Aéroport.fr[2]

Fa'a'ā International Airport (French: Aéroport International Tahiti Fa'a'ā) (IATA: PPTICAO: NTAA) is in the commune (municipality) of Fa'a'ā, on the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, 5 km (3.1 mi) west southwest[1] from the town center of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia.[1] Tahiti is in the northwestern part of French Polynesia, and this is the only international airport in the overseas collectivity of the French Republic. It opened in 1960.

Air Tahiti and Air Tahiti Nui have their head offices at the airport.[3]


Fa'a'ā International Airport is relatively small. Air Tahiti has flights every day going to all the other islands in French Polynesia while international flights go to countries such as France, Japan, the United States, or New Zealand. The airport is on Tahiti which is an island among the Windward Islands: the eastern part of the Society Islands. Mo'orea can be seen across the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tohive'a is a major mountain on Mo'orea. Because of limited level terrain, rather than leveling large stretches of sloping agricultural land, the airport is built primarily on reclaimed land on the coral reef just off-shore.


There are five terminals within one main building. Terminal 2 is the busiest terminal with cafés and souvenir shops. There is an area called the Mahina Lounge. There is one McDonald's at the airport and it is one of the five McDonald's in all of French Polynesia. The conveyor belts are rubber and transport luggage about 40 ft (12 m). The floors in all of the terminals are brown tile. There are metal chairs and wooden benches throughout the airport in which people wait for the bus or other islanders to pick them up.

The Mahina Lounge is a small airside lounge, after the security area. The Mahina Lounge consists of a small café, a jewelry boutique, and a souvenir shop. The café has only a few chairs and offers wine, French pastries, and other foods. The small restaurant is called the Fa'a'ā Cafe and is near the entrance to the Mahina Lounge. The jewelry shop offers Tahitian jewelry and some dresses. The souvenir shop offers postcards, magnets, T-shirts and Tahitian magazines. The souvenir shop has a border with the jewelry shop and people are allowed to go through the border when they have purchased their souvenirs. The open area of the lounge contains 50 purple seats in five rows. When boarding, passengers go to the departure gate which is just behind a wall.

The airport, operated by Setil Aéroports, has a single 3,420 m (11,220 ft) runway,[1] that can accommodate aircraft up to Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 size.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air France Los Angeles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air New Zealand Auckland
Air Tahiti Ahe, Anaa, Atuona, Arutua, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Hao, Huahine-Fare, Kaukura, Makemo, Manihi, Mataiva, Maupiti, Moorea, Niau, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Raivavae, Rangiroa, Rarotonga, Rimatara, Rurutu, Takaroa, Tatakoto, Tikehau, Totegegie, Tubuai-Mataura
Air Tahiti Nui Auckland, Los Angeles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tokyo-Narita
Aircalin Nouméa
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu
LAN Airlines Easter Island, Santiago de Chile



Year Passenger Traffic
2000 1,548,327
2001 1,466,370
2002 1,370,254
2003 1,424,365
2004 1,413,572
2005 1,447,260
2006 1,535,825
2007 1,511,340
2008 1,379,832
2009 1,223,315
2010 1,183,273
2011 1,169,819
2012 1,152,593
2013 1,150,610

Airline market share

Airline Market share
Air Tahiti Nui 49%
Air Tahiti 22%
Air France 16%
Air New Zealand 7%
Hawaiian Airlines 4%
Aircalin 1%
LAN Airlines 1%

Ground transportation

Many buses come into the airport from Pape'ete, the main bus being the airport shuttle which goes along the Tahiti west coast freeway, which passes in front of the main terminal. The parking lot has traffic guards in which 3,000 people pass through each month.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 12 September 1993, Air France flight 72, a Boeing 747-400 from Los Angeles to Pape'ete, ran off the runway on landing and into the reef at the end of the tarmac . The nose of the 747 was submerged in the water. There were no fatalities.[5][6]
  • On 24 December 2000, Hawaiian Airlines flight 481, a DC-10-10, overshot the runway on landing and slid off the tarmac during a bad storm. There was one minor injury and no fatalities.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 NTAA – Tahiti Faa'a (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 8 Nov 2018.
  2. Aéroport.fr - Statistiques annuelles Aéroport de Tahiti Faa'a (french only)
  3. "Préambule" Air Tahiti. Retrieved on 2 February 2011. "Société Air Tahiti Société Anonyme au capital de 2 760 000 000 CFP Siège social : aéroport de Tahiti - Faaa BP 314 - 98713 Papeete – Tahiti – Polynésie Française ."
  4. Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network for Pan Am Flight 816
  5. AirDisaster.Com: Accident Photo: Air France F-GITA
  6. "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Accident on at Tahiti Faaa Airport to the DC10-10 registered N132AA operated by Hawaiian Airlines

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