Totegegie Airport

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Totegegie Airport
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
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 (5.6 mi) from Rikitea, the island's administrative settlement, the airport is to be found. It is the only building there. The airport is 1,652 km (1,027 mi) from Tahiti[2] and is classified as a territorial aerodrome. Its only service is to Tahiti's 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 is to fly to Tahiti, then to Mangareva. From there, a 32-hour boat ride will take one to Pitcairn.[4]


Construction of a runway of 3,500 m by the 115th running of the Society of the Pacific Experimentation Centre Pacific (CEP).
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.
First commercial air link Totegegie-Papeete.[5]
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]
Expansion and modernization of existing terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Tahiti Hao, Tahiti, 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.


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


Totegegie Airport
GMR Terminal
Totegegie runway, looking out at Mangareva


  1. ^ NTGJ – TOTEGEGIE (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 17 Sep 2015.
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Coordinates: 23°5′4″S 134°53′7″W / 23.08444°S 134.88528°W / -23.08444; -134.88528