Nauru International Airport
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|Nauru International Airport
Reikoariata Republik Naoero
|Aerial view of the main runway|
|IATA: INU – ICAO: ANYN|
|Hub for||Nauru Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||7 m / 22 ft|
Nauru International Airport (IATA: INU, ICAO: ANYN) (Nauruan: Reikoariata Republik Naoero) is the sole airport on the island of the Republic of Nauru. Nauru International Airport is currently serving 4 international destinations, with Nauru's national Airline, Nauru Airlines.
The airstrip was built during the Japanese occupation of Nauru using forced labour and became operational in January 1943. After World War II it was converted to a civilian airport.
Location, designation and future
The airport is located in the Yaren district, just north of many of the government buildings, including the Parliament House, police station, and the secondary school. The airport was estimated to have cost 12 million United States dollars and has been up for sale since 1996, when the government ran out of money. It is currently on sale for $10 million. The money would be used to pay the nation's debt, which stands at $11 million 124% of GDP.
Also represented at the airport are the Republic of Nauru Civil Aviation Authority (Nauruan: Yamidara Reikoariata Republik Naoero), tasked with airport security and operational management; the Directorate of Immigration (Nauruan: Iruwayamidara), tasked with control of incoming and outgoing passengers, and the Nauru Customs Service (Nauruan: Customsyamidara).
Nauru International Airport serves as the main hub of the national carrier, Our Airline, formerly known as Air Nauru. Flights by the above named carrier originate in Brisbane, Australia. Flights are also available from Nauru to Majuro, Nadi and Tarawa.
In 2005, the only Boeing 737-400 of the near-bankrupt airline Air Nauru was seized by creditors in Australia. This briefly left the island without any air service until the company chartered a Fokker 100 from Alliance Airlines.
Since September 2006, Air Nauru has resumed operations under the new name, Our Airline, with a Boeing 737-300 consuming nearly 30% of the nation's GDP. Two Boeing 737-300 were bought later respectively in 2008 and 2013 to serve Nauru.
Airlines and destinations
|Nauru Airlines||Brisbane, Majuro, Nadi, Tarawa|
|Pacific Air Express||Brisbane|
- "Contact Us." Our Airline. Retrieved on September 15, 2013. "Head Office Nauru International Airport PO Box 40 Republic of Nauru"
- Stanley, David (2006-08-14). "Our Airline Air Nauru". South Pacific Travel Blog. Retrieved 2008-05-04.