Mataveri International Airport
|Mataveri International Airport
Isla de Pascua Airport
|IATA: IPC – ICAO: SCIP
|Operator||FACH - Fuerza Aérea de Chile (Chilean Air Force)|
|Elevation AMSL||69 m / 227 ft|
Mataveri International Airport or Isla de Pascua Airport (IATA: IPC, ICAO: SCIP) is located at Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Isla de Pascua in Spanish). The most remote airport in the world, Mataveri International Airport is 3,759 kilometres (2,336 mi) from Santiago, Chile (SCL) which has scheduled flights to it on the Chilean carrier LAN Airlines. The runway starts just inland from the island's southeast coast at Mataveri and nearly reaches the northwest coast, almost separating the mountain of Rano Kau from the rest of the island.
The airport is the main point of entry for thousands of tourists who come to Easter Island to see its Moai statues. The airport also has a transit lounge used by passengers who are continuing onwards to or returning from Papeete, Tahiti, which is also serviced by LAN Airlines.
Scheduled services from the Chilean mainland started in 1967 with a monthly DC-6B flight that took nine hours, using a runway extended and paved for the use of a U.S. base. In 1970, services were upgraded with a faster weekly Boeing 707 service to the mainland. Tahiti services were added in 1971 and the frequency doubled to twice-weekly.
The airport's single runway is 3,318 m (10,885 ft) long. The airport was once designated as an abort site for the U.S. Space Shuttle when polar orbital flights from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California were planned. The project to lengthen the runway was completed in 1987 and enabled wide-bodied jets to use the airport, which further boosted tourism to the island. LAN currently flies Boeing 767 aircraft to the island on its scheduled services.
Airlines and destinations
|LAN Airlines||Papeete, Santiago de Chile
- Extreme points of Earth
- Shuttle Down, a 1980 novel by American author G. Harry Stine (Lee Correy), which gives a fictional account of the Space Shuttle Atlantis making an emergency landing.
- Steven R Fischer The island at the end of the world. Reaktion Books 2005 ISBN 1-86189-282-9 Page 220