Papeete Airport

Brief Introduction to the Airport

When going to French Polynesia, the main port of entry is via Fa'a'ā International Airport, located 5 kilometres west of Papeete. It opened in 1960, which made it more convenient for travellers to reach this small archipelago from overseas. Air Tahiti is its flagship airline, which transports travellers to various areas in the region. Fa'a'ā Airport also has a number of direct flight connections to New Zealand, Japan, United States, France, and Chile, which makes it relatively easier to reach by travellers in various parts of the world.

Built on reclaimed on the coral reef just off the shore, Fa'a'ā Airport is able to accommodate commercial and military aircraft on its single runway. It measures about 11,220 ft long, which allows aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 to arrive and depart from the airport. Cargo and general aviation services are also provided, which justifies Fa'a'ā Airport's position as one of the best ports of entry in the Pacific Islands.

Terminals (if applicable)

Five terminals can be found in one main building for arriving and departing passengers. Terminal 2 is the busiest, as this is where travellers will find cafes and souvenir shops.

Airlines serving Fa'a'ā Airport include Air Tahiti, which transport passengers between various parts of the Pacific such as Ahe, Anaa, Bora Bora, Huahine, Makemo, Manihi, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Rarotonga, Takaroa, and many others. The following airlines – Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin, Air France, Air New Zealand, Aircalin, Hawaiian Airlines, and LAN Airlines – bring travellers to Auckland, Easter Island, honolulu, Los Angeles, Noumea, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Santiago de Chile, and Tokyo-Narita.

Services and Facilities

When landing on Fa’a’ā Airport, guests might experience being welcomed with a necklace of flowers, which is part of the traditional hospitality of the people of Tahiti. These are offered only to some airlines, however, as there are some travellers who prefer not to have to be given flowers on their arrival. Shell necklaces are also provided, but only for passengers about to depart Tahiti.

Several amenities can be found in Fa'a'ā Airport, which travellers enjoy. Some of the boutiques here offer duty-free goods, as well as flowers, plants, fruits, and cosmetic products. The usual range of souvenirs can also be bought here, while those interested in jewellery can check out the black pearl boutique. Those looking for cigarettes or books and other reading materials can also venture here. Passengers who want to grab a snack before leaving the airport can stop by at the snack bar or check out the selection in McDonalds.

Travellers who need to address urgent concerns at work can visit the business centre. Wi-Fi connection is available with prepaid cards on hand for those who need to go online. Those who have a pass can also stay at the VIP lounge where one will be met with Polynesian décor. The staff will also present snacks served by a host to make guests comfortable.

Those leaving the airport to see the sights of Tahiti can do so with public transportation or a car rental service. Various companies partner with the airport, which allows travellers to choose from a range of vehicles. Parking spaces can also be rented for a fee, which will be paid depending on the time consumed.

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 Getting to & from the Airport

Driving hide 

From Papeete Centre, drive from Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV to Faaa. At the roundabout, take the first exit to the airport.

Trains hide 

None available.

Buses hide 

Buses are available for travellers going to and from the airport.

Taxi hide 

Upon landing, travellers can commute to Papeete using taxis.

 Who flies to Papeete

 Airport Contact Details

Papeete Airport

BP 117,

Tel:+689 (0)866061


 Location Details

Longitude:149° 36' 26'' W
Latitude:17° 33' 13'' S

 Airport Location

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