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Mataveri International Airport
Isla de Pascua Airport
Mataveri Airport Easter Island Chile.jpg
IATA: IPCICAO: SCIP
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator FACH - Fuerza Aerea de Chile (Chilean Air Force)
Location Mataveri
Elevation AMSL 69 m / 227 ft
Coordinates 27°09′53″S 109°25′18″W / 27.16472°S 109.42167°W / -27.16472; -109.42167Coordinates: 27°09′53″S 109°25′18″W / 27.16472°S 109.42167°W / -27.16472; -109.42167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 10,885 3,318 Asphalt

Mataveri International Airport or Isla de Pascua Airport (IATA: IPCICAO: SCIP) is located at Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Isla de Pascua in Spanish). The most remote airport in the world, Mataveri International Airport is 3,759 kilometres (2,336 mi) from Santiago, Chile (SCL) which has scheduled flights to it on the Chilean carrier LAN Airlines (formerly LanChile), and 2,603 kilometres (1,617 mi) from Mangareva (GMR) in the Gambier Islands. The runway starts just inland from the island's southeast coast at Mataveri and nearly reaches the northwest coast, almost separating the mountain of Rano Kau from the rest of the island.

The airport is the main point of entry for thousands of tourists who come to Easter Island to see its famous Moai statues. The airport also has a transit lounge used by passengers who are continuing on to or from Papeete, Tahiti, which is also serviced by LAN Airlines.

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Airlines and destinations

History

Scheduled services from the Chilean mainland started in 1967 with a monthly DC-6B flight that took 9 hours, using a runway extended and paved for the use of a US base. In 1970, services were upgraded with a faster weekly Boeing 707 service to the mainland. Tahiti services were added in 1971, and the frequency doubled to twice-weekly.[1].

The airport's single runway is 3,318 m (10,885 ft). The airport was once designated as an abort site for the U.S. Space Shuttle when polar orbital flights from Vandenberg, California were planned. The project to lengthen the runway began in 1984 (ended in 1987) and enabled wide-bodied jets to use the airport, which further boosted tourism to the island. LAN currently flies Boeing 767 aircraft to the island on its scheduled services.

See also

References

  1. ^ Steven R Fischer The island at the end of the world. Reaktion Books 2005 ISBN 1861892829 Page 220

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