Pohnpei International Airport (IATA: PNI, ICAO: PTPN) is an airport located on Pohnpei Island (formerly Ponape), the main island of Pohnpei State. It is close to the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia.
The extension of the Pohnpei International Airport began in 2009, and it was anticipated that it would be completed in 2011. The Japanese Government has agreed to provide about US $29 million for the entire project. The project includes extending the runway by 228m and improving the terminal facilities and apron. Enhancements will help prevent problems such as when a Boeing 727 cargo jet overran the runway and the airport had to be closed for 6 days in May 2008.
Like many islands within the region, commercial air service is rather limited due to small population and tourist traffic. The only current scheduled passenger services for Pohnpei are the United Airlines (formerly Continental Micronesia) Island Hopper flights operated with Boeing 737-800 jetliners between Guam and Honolulu (three times weekly in each direction), the Guam-Chuuk-Pohnpei flights, a flight to Port Moresby on Air Niugini and some extra flights on Nauru Airlines. Also Caroline Islands Air provides charter flights around the region.
|Air Niugini || Chuuk, Port Moresby|
|Caroline Islands Air||Charter: Chuuk, Enewetak, Kapingamarangi, Kosrae, Mwoakilloa, Nukuoro, Pingelap, Sapwuahfik, Ta, Woleai, Yap
|Nauru Airlines || Chuuk, Majuro, Nauru, Tarawa
|United Airlines || Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Majuro
In addition to passenger services, Asia Pacific Airlines transports cargo (including U.S. mail) to and from Pohnpei.