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Totegegie Airport

Totegegie Airport (IATA: GMR, ICAO: NTGJ) is an airport on Totegegie Island in the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia . It is 9 km northeast of the village of Rikitea.

Totegegie Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesGambier Islands, French Polynesia
Is the closest airport to the Pitcairn Islands
LocationRikitea
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates23°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 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 Fa'a'ā International Airport on Tuesdays.[2][3]

Totegegie Airport is crucial in its role as the outside world's link to 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.[3]

HistoryEdit

The 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) runway was constructed in 1967 by the 115th running of the Society of the Pacific Experimentation Centre Pacific (CEP). The first aircraft, a Piper Aztec, landed in 1968. The same year, a DC-6 performed weekly service between Totegegie, Mururoa and Papeete. In 1978, the first commercial air link was established between Totegegie and Papeete.[4]

The French army buildings were decommissioned in 1998. At the end of operations 50 tons of scrap metal had been collected.[5]

In 2008, the terminal was expanded and modernized.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air Tahiti Hao, Papeete[6]

Ground transportationEdit

The airport is connected to Mangareva and its city Rikitea by boat.

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

PassengersEdit

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

Years 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Passengers 5,236 5,249 5,319 5,129 4,937 5,609 5,922 6,598 6,938 7,155 7,409 6,850 7,420 7,003 7,798 7,521 7,498 7,201 7,675 8,498

WildlifeEdit

The shrub Pemphis acidula, is widespread on Polynesian atolls and is known locally as the 'miki miki'.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NTGJ – TOTEGEGIE. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 7 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://gadper.free.fr/public/Polynesie/les_anciens_racontent/Construction%20de%20la%20piste%20de%20Totegegie%20en%201967-1.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.moruroa.org/medias/pdf/T%C3%A9moignage%20Gambier%201967.pdf
  6. ^ https://www.airtahiti.com/download-schedule
  7. ^ https://www.aeroport.fr/view-statistiques/totegegie

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