Papeete Airport

Papeete Airport – The Island Airport

Fa'a'ā International Airport which is simply referred as Papeete Airport, is a major international airport serving the commune of Fa'a'ā, on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia. This is the only international airport in the overseas collectivity of the French Republic and is located at a distance of 5 km from the Papeete town. A public airport operated by SETIL – Aéroports, the Fa'a'ā International Airport is at an elevation of 2 meters above mean sea level and has 3,420 meters long Bitumen/Asphalt runway. The airport is hub for Air Tahiti and Air Tahiti Nui. The Fa'a'ā International Airport is built primarily on reclaimed land on the coral reef just off-shore due to limited level terrain. Currently the airport has 5 terminals, all of which are located within a main building. Terminal 2 is the busiest of all terminals and has numerous cafes, shops, restaurant and one of the five Mc Donald’s in all of French Polynesia. In the year 2013, the airport recorded traffic of 1,150,610 passengers. The runway at the airport has the capacity to accommodate aircraft up to Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 size.


The airport has been operational since 1960 and since then has been serving as a strategic gateway to the South Pacific. Since its inauguration, the airport has been has been expanded and renovated multiple times to make its one of the best airports in the region.


Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin, Hawaiian Airlines and LAN Airlines are the airline companies that currently operate to and from the Fa'a'ā International Airport,


While Fa'a'ā International Airport has received many nominations at the World Travel Awards, but it has still not been able to get an award.

Routes and Destinations

Paris, Los Angeles, Tubuai, Rurutu, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rimatara, Nouméa, Hiva Oa, Atuona, Honolulu, Tokyo, Fakarava,Easter Island, Santiago de Chile and Makemo are some of the major domestic as well as international destinations which are directly connected with Fa'a'ā International Airport.


Why Fly Through This Airport

How to Check-in

Counter check-in is the best way to check-in when planning a trip from the Fa'a'ā International Airport as some of the airline do not allow web or mobile check-in. Please speak to you airline directly to know if they have the option of online check-in. There are multiple counter at the Fa'a'ā International Airport to make the process of check-in quicker and hassle free. Generally counter open 2 hours before the departure of domestic flight and 3 hours before the departure of international flights. Before you leave for the airport, make sure you have enough time for security checks. In case you do not check-in within the stipulated time, the airline has the right to deny boarding.  

Baggage Allowance

Every airline operating to and from the Fa'a'ā International Airport might have different policies regarding baggage allowance. Therefore to avoid any last minute confusion, call up the customer care of your airline to know exactly how much and what to carry on your flight. Usually passengers are allowed to carry anywhere between 5 kg to 12 kg as cabin luggage and check-in up to 32 kg of baggage. Please note that the limit may increase of decrease based on the route of travel and the class you are travelling in. In case you are travelling with excess baggage, the charges for the same can be paid at the airport.


As some of the airlines do not provide the option of online check-in, booking a seat in advance might not be possible. However, if you are looking for a particular seat, you should speak to the airline before travel and places a request for the same, which is generally granted. At the airport, seats are not guaranteed by the airline, as they are subject to availability. Taking a window seat is always advisable when flying to or from Fa'a'ā International Airport as the beauty of the region from the sky is simply breath taking. The Fa'a'ā International Airport is among the few airports in the world which is located  on the coral reef and the bird’s eye view of the land merging with the sea, during landing or takeoff is nonpareil.

Booking Fee

Booking your ticket online is the most popular and convenient way to make a flight reservation. This service is available on the website of the airline; however it is chargeable. Passengers can avoid the surcharge by purchasing their ticket from the airline counter at the airport or from the authorized travel agent or office of the airline in the city. Regulations, followed by an airline regarding booking charges, modification or cancellation of reservation, may vary from others; hence it is advisable that you reach out to your airline directly in case of any query.

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 Airport Contact Details

Papeete Airport

BP 117,

Tel:+689 (0)866061


 Location Details

Longitude:149° 36' 26'' W
Latitude:17° 33' 13'' S

 Airport Location

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