Cassidy International Airport

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Cassidy International Airport
IATA: CXIICAO: PLCH
CXI is located in Kiribati
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Location of airport in Kiribati
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Kiritimati
Location Banana
Elevation AMSL 5 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 01°59′10″N 157°20′59″W / 1.98611°N 157.34972°W / 1.98611; -157.34972Coordinates: 01°59′10″N 157°20′59″W / 1.98611°N 157.34972°W / 1.98611; -157.34972
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,103 6,900 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Cassidy International Airport (IATA: CXIICAO: PLCH) is an airport located north of Banana, a settlement on Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island) in Kiribati. It is the only airport in the Kiribatian part of the Line Islands with an IATA and/or ICAO code.

The airport is served by Fiji Airways from Nadi, Fiji and Honolulu, United States. Since neither Air Kiribati nor Coral Sun Airways owns aircraft capable of flying between Kiritimati and the Gilbert Islands, where all other operational airports in Kiribati are located, there are no domestic flights to or from Kiritimati. However, Coral Sun Airways declares on its website the company is considering to purchase one larger aircraft, capable of flying to the Line Islands and the Phoenix Islands.

History[edit]

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command used the airport as a refuelling stop on its Pacific transport route from Hawaii to Kanton Island for flights to Australia and New Zealand as well as a staging point for attacks on the Gilbert Islands, then occupied by Japan. The airport was expanded considerably during the war, and the World War II runway configuration can still be seen as abandoned runways and aircraft parking areas in aerial photography. [3]

Facilities[edit]

The airport is at an elevation of 5ft (1.5m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,103 by 30 metres (6,900 ft × 98 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

An Asia Pacific Airlines Boeing 727-200F being turned around at Cassidy International Airport
Airlines Destinations
Fiji Airways Honolulu, Nadi

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Te Mauri Travel operated by Maritime Air Charters Honolulu

Air Pacific service[edit]

On 29 August 2008, Air Pacific announced they would suspend flights operating the airport from 2 September 2008. The decision was made due to the deteriorating surface of the runway which had been deemed unsafe after an inspection by Air Pacific personnel and specialist runway engineers.[4] Service resumed on 25 May 2010. During the period Air Pacific was not offering its services to Fiji and the United States, an American company called Te Mauri Travel offered "interim" charter flights to Kiritimati.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for PLCH from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for Cassidy International Airport (PLCH / CXI) at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  4. ^ "Air Pacific Suspends Flights To Kirimati (Christmas) Island". Air Pacific, 29 August 2008. Retrieved on 19 Oct 2008.

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