Moorea Airport

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Moorea Airport
Aéroport de Moorea
Moorea Temae Airport
Moorea - Vue avion (1).JPG
View on approach to Moorea Airport
Airport type Public
Operator SETIL Aéroports
Serves Moorea, French Polynesia
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 17°29′22″S 149°45′44″W / 17.48944°S 149.76222°W / -17.48944; -149.76222
MOZ is located in French Polynesia
Location of airport in French Polynesia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,237 4,058 Asphalt
Sources: French AIP,[1] UAF,[2] DAFIF[3][4]

Moorea Airport (French: Aéroport de Moorea)[2] (IATA: MOZ, ICAO: NTTM) is an airport serving the island of Moorea in French Polynesia.[1] It is also known as Temae Airport[4] or Moorea Temae Airport[1] for its location near the village of Temae in northeastern Moorea. The airport is located 7.5 km (4.0 NM) northeast of Afareitu,[1] the island's main village. It is also 15 km (8.1 NM) west of the island of Tahiti.[2] The airport opened on October 6, 1967.[5]


Air Moorea aircraft at Moorea Airport
  • 27 March 1967: Construction of the runway at Moorea‑Temae.
  • 6 October 1967: Opening of the Temae airfield.
  • 1977: The Moorea-Temae aerodrome is transferred to the SETIL - Société d'Équipement de Tahiti et des Iles (Equipment Company of Tahiti and the Islands).
  • 1982: Construction of the existing terminal and adding additional parking spaces.
  • 1987: Lengthening the runway to accommodate ATR 42.
  • 1990: Construction of a new control tower.
  • 2003: Work and upgrading to accommodate ATR 72.


The airport resides at an elevation of 16 feet (5 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,237 by 30 metres (4,058 ft × 98 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Tahiti Bora Bora, Huahine-Fare, Papeete, Raiatea

Ground Transportation[edit]

The Moorea Tour Bus comes to the airport to pick up or drop off people. The bus is yellow and green.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • On August 9, 2007, Air Moorea Flight 1121 crashed shortly after taking off from Temae Airport. The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter was bound for Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport. The report found that the crash was caused by the failure of the pitch control cables following the retraction of the flaps after take-off, which causes significant torque on that aircraft and thus additional pressure on the cables. The failure was caused by significant wear due to the lack of special maintenance and inspections for the stainless-steel cables (which are more subject to wear than their carbon steel counterparts), and exacerbated by the jet-blast of an A340 while the aircraft was parked. Another contributory cause for the crash were found to be the lack of pilot training for loss of pitch control. [6] All 19 passengers and the sole crew member died. Amongst those 19 passengers were two European Union officials.

Annual statistics[edit]

Annual statistics for Moorea Airport:[7]

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Passengers 221,888 228,813 193,033 135,144 119,602
Cargo (Tons) 25 30 35 36 32
Aircraft movements 23,794 23 602 18,975 16,092 14,360

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e NTTM – Moorea Temae. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c (in French) Aérodrome de Melun Villaroche (LFPM) Archived 2010-03-28 at the Wayback Machine. at Union des Aéroports Français
  3. ^ Airport information for NTTM from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  4. ^ a b Airport information for MOZ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  5. ^ La SETIL Aéroports exploitant des aéroports: Tahiit Faa'a, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Huahine, Moorea
  6. ^ "Report Accident on 9 August 2007 off the coast of Moorea" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Statistiques annuelles: Aéroport de Moorea" (in French). Union des Aéroports Français. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 

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