To compensate for geographical remoteness (6,200 km from Los Angeles, 18,000 km from Paris, 7,500 km from Santiago de Chile, 9,500 km from Tokyo, 11,594 km from Beijing) and scattering (4.9 million km² EEZ), French Polynesia was able to acquire the equipment and infrastructures necessary to adapt to the requirements of its economic development.
French Polynesia maintains full air services, ensuring daily flights to the most important destinations via its international airport.
Air Tahiti’s domestic network ensures regular service to and from over 40 islands. The Tahiti-Faa’a airport, with over a million passengers annually, is an international platform in the South Pacific, with easy access from Europe via the west coast of the United States and South America, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Chile and the Cook Islands.
Non-scheduled air traffic remains minimal and is handled by Air Tetiaroa and Air Archipels for the most part.
In 2018, Air Tahiti Nui launched its first transportation branch:
“Tahiti Nui Helicopters”. The company carries passengers on request and offers relatively diversified services: tourist flights, work at height, medical evacuations.
The Port of Papeete is the logistic heart of Tahiti and her islands. It is a natural, protected haven for cargo ships, container carriers and tankers sailing in from overseas ports, as well as for a fleet of interisland cargo ships that operate regular service throughout the five remote archipelagoes. Papeete is also a developing port of call for many international cruise ships that serve our islands regularly.