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La Tontouta International Airport, also known as Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport (French: Aéroport de Nouméa - La Tontouta; IATA: NOU, ICAO: NWWW) is the main international airport in New Caledonia. The airport is in the municipality of Païta, approximately 52 km (32 mi) northwest of Nouméa. La Tontouta International Airport serves international flights, while Noumea Magenta Airport, located 38 km south-east within the city of Noumea, serves domestic flights. The airport is regularly served by four airlines, including Aircalin which is based at the airport. In 2017, 529,349 passengers used the airport.[2]

Tontouta International Airport

Aéroport de Nouméa - La Tontouta
Hangar - Aéroport Nouméa-La Tontouta.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorNew Caledonia Chamber of Commerce & Industry
ServesNouméa
LocationPaïta, New Caledonia, France
Hub forAircalin
Elevation AMSL52 ft / 16 m
Coordinates22°00′59″S 166°12′58″E / 22.01639°S 166.21611°E / -22.01639; 166.21611Coordinates: 22°00′59″S 166°12′58″E / 22.01639°S 166.21611°E / -22.01639; 166.21611
Websitewww.tontouta-aeroport.nc
Map
NOU is located in New Caledonia
NOU
NOU
Location of airport in New Caledonia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,250 10,663 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers529,349
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 2.8%
Source : Aeroport.fr[1]

Contents

HistoryEdit

World War IIEdit

Tontouta Air Base was originally constructed by the United States Navy's Seabees for the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. The base had two runways numbered 3/21 and 11/29. The base reverted to local (French) control after the war and today's remaining runway is aligned on 11/29.[3]

United States Army Air Forces units based here included:

 
Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress of the 11th Bomb Group, 43d Bomb Squadron at Tontouta in August 1942

United States Marine Corps units based here included:

Terminal ExpansionEdit

 
An Air France Boeing 747-400 at La Tontouta Airport in February 2000.
 
An Air Calin Airbus A330-200 at the airport in July 2011, with the terminal redevelopment underway in the background.
 
A garden on the ground floor of the terminal.

A major expansion of the airport's terminal was completed in 2012 after several years of work. The project resulted in a significant increase in the terminal's size and included a new arrivals area, a larger check-in area and the installation of two jetbridges.[4] The terminal now has five stands capable of handling commercial jet aircraft, two of which are served by the new airbridges and three of which utilise stairs to access the aircraft. In addition, the airport has several more stands designed to handle smaller aircraft.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Nouméa - La Tontouta[5]
Year Passengers Freight (tonnes) Commercial Aircraft
Movements
2000 359,839 5,244 3,111
2001 348,025 5,061 3,118
2002 359,293 5,094 3,349
2003 371,247 5,197 3,128
2004 388,308 5,200 3,330
2005 409,096 5,566 3,254
2006 415,813 5,451 3,290
2007 445,305 5,606 3,440
2008 457,387 6,220 3,661
2009 462,698 5,809 3,730
2010 479,803 6,221 3,797
2011 492,830 6,299 3,787
2012 486,171 5,632 3,814
2013 476,174 4,953 3,701
2014 479,843 4,870 3,822
2015 497,718 4,811 3,891
2016 515,166 4,407 4,052
2017 529,349 4,277 3,844

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ "Résultats d'activité des aéroports français 2014" (PDF). aeroport.fr. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Annual statistics". Archived from the original on 2006-11-25.
  3. ^ Marine Air Group 25 and SCAT, William M. Armstrong, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2017, p.25[1]
  4. ^ "Airport Development (Australasia) - No. 911" (PDF). Momberger Airport Information. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Statistiques annuelles: Aéroport de Nouméa - La Tontouta". Union des Aéroports Français. Retrieved 15 June 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to La Tontouta International Airport at Wikimedia Commons