List of airports in Tuvalu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Map of Tuvalu

This is a list of airports in Tuvalu.

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 12,373 makes it the second-least-populated sovereign state in the world, with only Vatican City having fewer inhabitants. In terms of physical land size, at just 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi) Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City at 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi), Monaco at 1.95 km2 (0.75 sq mi) and Nauru at 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi).

Airports[edit]

Island served ICAO IATA Airport name Coordinates
Funafuti NGFU FUN Funafuti International Airport 8°31′30″S 179°11′47″E / 8.52500°S 179.19639°E / -8.52500; 179.19639 (Funafuti International Airport)
Nanumea Nanumea airfield (abandoned after World War II) 5°40′S 176°07′E / 5.667°S 176.117°E / -5.667; 176.117 (Nanumea Airport)
Motulalo, Nukufetau Nukufetau airfield (abandoned after World War II) 8°30′S 178°30′E / 8.500°S 178.500°E / -8.500; 178.500 (Nukufetau Airport)

History[edit]

Funafuti Airfield was built by United States Navy Seabee construction battalions in 1943 during World War II.[1] It was later sealed to create Funafuti International Airport.

During World War II the American forces also build airfields on Nanumea and Motulalo, which is the largest atoll of Nukufetau.[2] After the war these two airfields were dismantled.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "To the Central Pacific and Tarawa, August 1943--Background to GALVANIC (Ch 16, p. 622)". 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ Melei Telavi, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 18 - War". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 143.