Niuatoputapu Airport

Niuatoputapu Airport (IATA: NTT, ICAO: NFTP), also known as Mata'aho Airport, is an airport in Niuatoputapu, Tonga. The airfield is an unsealed coral strip.[2]

Niuatoputapu Airport

Mata'aho Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment
OperatorMinistry of Civil Aviation[1]
LocationHihifo, Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Elevation AMSL30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates15°58′36″S 173°47′30″W / 15.97667°S 173.79167°W / -15.97667; -173.79167Coordinates: 15°58′36″S 173°47′30″W / 15.97667°S 173.79167°W / -15.97667; -173.79167
Websitewww.tongaairports.com
Map
NFTP is located in Tonga
NFTP
NFTP
Location of airport in Tonga
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4,000 1,219 unsealed coral strip

Damage to the airport from the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami caused it to be temporarily closed following the disaster.[3] After clearing the mud and debris of the runway, the rest of the country was finally equipped to provide aid to empower the Niuatoputapu residents and facilitated the rehabilitation of the community.

A small cinder block building acts as terminal and airport office. Fuel drums are located next to the terminal.

Connections to other parts of the island are made by taxi.[2]

The airport was serviced by Real Tonga,[2] but in 2020 the airline ceased operations, leaving the country without a domestic air service.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home - Tonga Airports Limited". Tonga Airports Limited.
  2. ^ a b c "Mata'aho Airport - Niuatoputapu - Tonga Airports Limited".
  3. ^ "Quake triggers deadly tsunamis in Pacific". RNZ. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Tonga still without domestic air service". RNZ. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2021.