Totegegie Airport

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Totegegie Airport
Piste.Totegegie.JPG
IATA: GMRICAO: NTGJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
Is the closest airport to the Pitcairn Islands
Location Rikitea
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 23°5′4″S 134°53′7″W / 23.08444°S 134.88528°W / -23.08444; -134.88528
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Sources: French AIP[1]

Totegegie Airport is an airport on Totegegie Island (in the Gambier Islands) French Polynesia (IATA: GMRICAO: NTGJ). It is 9 km northeast of the village of Rikitea.

Totegegie's name consists of the combination of two Mangarevan words (the local language, which takes its name from Mangareva, the main island of the archipelago): tote, which means a sandy islet on a reef (the equivalent of motu in Polynesian) and gegie (pronounced gniégnié) which is the name of a small shrub typical of atolls that looks much like a juniper bush without berries.

This shrub, Pemphis acidula, is widespread on Polynesian atolls and is best known as the miki miki. On Totegegie which is one of Mangareva's reefs approximately 9 km from Rikitea, the island's administrative settlement, the airport is to be found. It is the only building there. The airport is 1652 km from Tahiti[2] and is classified as an territorial aerodrome. Its only service is to Tahiti Faaa International Airport on Tuesdays.[3]

Mangareva is crucial in its role as the outside world's link to the more famous Pitcairn Island. One of the only ways a traveler can reach Pitcairn Island is to fly to Tahiti, then to Mangareva. From there, a 32-hour boat ride will take one to Pitcairn Island.[4]

History[edit]

1967
Construction of a runway of 3,500 m by the 115th running of the Society of the Pacific Experimentation Centre Pacific (CEP).
1968
Landing of the first aircraft at Totegegie, a Piper Aztec, followed by a Breguet Deux-Ponts. The same year, a DC-6 performed weekly service between Totegegie, Mururoa and Papeete.
1978
First commercial air link Totegegie-Papeete.[5]
1998
Decommissioning of the French army, including the shed and wharf metal. At the end of operations 50 tons of scrap metal had been collected.[6]
2008
Expansion and modernization of existing terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Tahiti Tahiti

Passengers[edit]

The increase in passenger numbers is shown below.[7]

Totegegie 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Passengers 5 319 5 129 4 937 5 609 5 922 6 598 6 938 7 155 7 409

Gallery[edit]

L'aérodrome de Totegegie
Aérogare de GMR
Piste de Totegegie, vue sur Mangareva
ATR d'Air Tahiti

References[edit]

  1. ^ NTGJ – TOTEGEGIE (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 11 Dec 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.ispf.pf/ISPF/Chiffres/Transports/TrMaritAeri.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/visitpitcairn.html
  4. ^ http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/visitpitcairn.html
  5. ^ http://gadper.free.fr/public/Polynesie/les_anciens_racontent/Construction%20de%20la%20piste%20de%20Totegegie%20en%201967-1.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.moruroa.org/medias/pdf/T%C3%A9moignage%20Gambier%201967.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.aeroport.fr/les-aeroports-de-l-uaf/stats-totegegie.php

Coordinates: 23°5′4″S 134°53′7″W / 23.08444°S 134.88528°W / -23.08444; -134.88528