Air Transport

Main Airport: The Tahiti-Faa’a airport is situated 5km west of the city of Papeete, and is built on a lagoon. Opened in 1960, this is the only international airport in the archipelago, and thus serves as the main hub for all air transport. The complex has two terminals – one for international flights and one for domestic connections. The international terminal has a VIP lounge and a duty-free store. One can also find a bank, travel agency and baggage storage service at the airport, as well as several restaurants.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Aéroport de Tahiti serves nine international destinations with direct flights, with 29 weekly flights by regular international airlines including Air Calin, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines, and LATAM. Flights are available from Los Angeles, Auckland, Tokyo, Noumea, Honolulu, Hanga Roa – Mataveri (Easter Island), and Rarotonga. Soon, new arrivals will include French Bee and United Airlines, flying from San Francisco international airport.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
The 118 main islands that constitute French Polynesia cover a surface similar to that of Europe. Air Tahiti flies around 200 scheduled services a week to 48 islands and atolls with a fleet of ten modern ATR 42’s and 72’s. A shuttle service to Moorea is available and takes just seven minutes. The company has 1300 employees. For travellers wanting to visit several islands, specific Air Tahiti Passes are the best solution. These passes connect islands of the same archipelago, or two different archipelagos, while extensions to the far-flung Marquesas and Austral islands can be added on to the other passes. They include:

• DISCOVERY PASS
Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea

• BORA BORA PASS
Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Maupiti

• LAGOONS PASS
Moorea, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava

• CORAIL PASS
Ahe, Manihi

• BORA BORA-TUAMOTU PASS
Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava

• AUSTRALES PASS
Rurutu, Tubuai, Raivavae, Rimatara

• MARQUESAS PASS
Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, Ua Pou

• AUSTRALES EXTENSION
Rurutu, Tubuai, Raivavae, Rimatara

• MARQUESAS EXTENSION
Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa

Info – http://www.airtahiti.com