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Faa'a International Airport or Tahiti Faa'a International Airport ( ) is located in the commune (municipality) of Faa'amarker, on the island of Tahitimarker, French Polynesiamarker, west southwest from the town center of Papeetemarker, the capital of French Polynesia. It is the only airport in French Polynesiamarker serving international flights.

Because of limited level terrain, rather than leveling large stretches of sloping agricultural land, the airport is built primarily on reclaimed land on the coral reef just off-shore. The airport, operated by Setil Aéroports, has a single runway, large and sound enough to accommodate all commercial and military aircraft.

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Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340 at the airport
  • On 13 July 1973, Pan Am Flight 816, a Boeing 707, crashed into the sea just after take-off. 72 of the 73 on board were killed.
  • On 12 September 1993, Air France flight 72, a 747-428, ran off the runway on landing, running into the reef at the end of the tarmac. The nose of the 747 was submerged in the water. There were no fatalities.
  • On 24 December 2000, Hawaiian Airlines flight 481, a DC-10-10, overshot the runway on landing and slid off the tarmac. There were no fatalities.


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