Nouméa Magenta Airport

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Nouméa Magenta Airport
l'Aéroport de Nouméa Magenta
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IATA: GEAICAO: NWWM

GEA is located in New Caledonia
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Location of airport in New Caledonia
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator DSEAC Nouvelle-Calédonie
Location Nouméa
Elevation AMSL 10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates 22°15′30″S 166°28′22″E / 22.25833°S 166.47278°E / -22.25833; 166.47278
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 1,250 4,101 Paved
Source: AIP[1]

Nouméa Magenta Airport (French: l'Aéroport de Nouméa Magenta) (IATA: GEAICAO: NWWM) is a domestic airport on the main island of New Caledonia. The airport is 3 km (2 mi) east northeast[1] of the centre of Nouméa, the capital, and approximately 50 km (31 mi) from La Tontouta International Airport. In 2009, 372,581 passengers used the airport.

Air Calédonie has its head office on the airport property.[2][3]

History[edit]

  • 1931: First biplane flight on the beach in Magenta, located on the east coast of Nouméa.
  • 1934: Creation of L'Aéro-club Calédonien.
  • 1942: Arrival of the Poppy Force, a US Army division commanded by General Alexander Patch, making New Caledonia one of the main Pacific airbases for the US Army. A military airfield is built along the beach in Magenta, on the site of a former racetrack.
  • 1956: Opening of the airfield to civilian air traffic, two years after the creation of Transpac, the first domestic New Caledonian airline and forerunner of Air Calédonie, which has regular flights between Nouméa, the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands.
  • 1970s: Construction of the first terminal, with a capacity of 100,000 people.
  • 2001: Completion and opening of the new terminal, increasing capacity to over 300,000 people.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Calédonie Île Art, Île-des-Pins, Koné, Koumac, Lifou, Maré, Ouvéa, Tiga, Touho

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NWWM – Nouméa Magenta Airport NWWM (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 25 Jun 2015.
  2. ^ "Renouvellement de Carte Résident." Air Calédonie. Retrieved on 8 October 2009. "Aérodrome de Magenta - BP 212 98845 Nouméa - Nouvelle Calédonie"
  3. ^ "Air Calédonie Contacts." Air Calédonie. Retrieved on 2 October 2009.

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