Totegegie Airport

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Totegegie Airport
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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°05′04″S 134°53′07″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.

The airport is found on Totegegie, which is one of Mangareva island's reefs approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) from Rikitea, the island's administrative settlement. It has the only building on the reef. The airport is 1,652 km (1,027 mi) from Tahiti and is classified as a territorial aerodrome. Its only commercial service is to Tahiti's Faaa International Airport on Tuesdays.[2][3]

Totegegie Airport 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 is to fly to Tahiti, then to Totegegie. From there, a 32-hour boat ride will take one to Pitcairn.[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]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Tahiti Hao, Papeete, Tureia

Ground transportation[edit]

To go to Mangareva and its city Rikitea, travel is by boat.

From Mangareva there are boats going to Pitcairn Island, the main way of getting there.

Passengers[edit]

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

Years 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]

Totegegie Airport
GMR Terminal
Totegegie runway, looking out at Mangareva

Wildlife[edit]

This shrub, Pemphis acidula, is widespread on Polynesian atolls and is best known as the 'miki miki'.

References[edit]

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