Tahiti Airlines and Airports

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, The Islands of Tahiti are easily accessed by airplane from most countries on the Pacific Rim. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, other regions of the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, France and Chile have direct service to Faa’a International Airport (PPT), The Islands of Tahiti only international airport.

Faa’a International Airport (PPT): The Island of Tahiti’s Global Gateway

Airlines flying to The Islands of Tahiti arrive at Faa’a International Airport (PPT), located a few miles from Papeete on the main island of Tahiti. Passengers continuing to Bora Bora, Moorea and other inter island destinations will also fly from Faa’a International Airport.

The airport is close and convenient to all the major hotels, resorts and attractions on Tahiti, including the Papeete Market. Rental cars, taxis, buses and other ground transportation options are available at the airport. We recommend visitors plan international air, inter-island transportation and airport transfers with your Preferred Travel Professional.

As the primary port of entry for travelers to The Islands of Tahiti, Faa’a International Airport is home to a major Customs Office. When you arrive in French Polynesia, you must declare all of your belongings and pay any applicable duties and taxes. The high volume of international visitors has streamlined customs and declarations at the airport. 

Faa’a International Airport (PPT) Services

While planning your Tahiti flight, keep in mind that many of the airport’s services are not available 24-hours a day. 

Several restaurants, snack bars and bars are available throughout the airport and operate on varying schedules. While there are not any 24-hour options, the earliest opens at 4:30 am.  

The airport features several shopping options. Travelers will find shops that sell souvenirs, travel accessories, Tahitian black pearl jewelry and local products, including Monoi, textiles, ukuleles and vanilla. International travelers will find a duty-free store with tobacco, perfumes, alcohol, cosmetics, souvenirs, Tahitian arts and crafts and snacks.

Located near the main terminal, the Fare Hei marketplace continues the French Polynesian tradition of offering fragrant flower necklaces to welcome travelers and shell necklaces as a souvenir for travelers leaving The Islands of Tahiti.

Air Tahiti Nui is the only airline that offers a lounge for waiting for international business class passengers. Air conditioning, beverages, showers and WiFi are all available in the dedicated lounge. 

Other airport services include free and premium Wi-Fi, mobile device charging stations, VIP prestigious welcomes, banking, currency exchange, postal services, luggage storage, lockers, and showers. 

What Airlines Fly to Tahiti?

For all Tahiti airline schedules and information, check with the airlines or your Preferred Travel Professional. 

Faa’a International Airport (PPT) International Airlines:


Faa’a International Airport (PPT) Domestic Airlines

Faa’a International Airport is also a primary terminal for domestic travel. Air Tahiti Nui serves most major destinations within The Islands of Tahiti through regularly scheduled flights. Flights range between multiple times a day to weekly service. The airline offers Air Tahiti Passes that allow visitors to discover islands close to each other for an attractive price.

Domestic Charter Flights

Seaplanes (Service Hydravion)

Other Airports in The Islands of Tahiti Airports

Air travel is also the most popular means of island hopping. While Faa’a International Airport welcomes large international wide-body jets, many airports throughout The Islands of Tahiti will see just a handful of small passenger planes each week. 

Air Tahiti Nui offers inter-island flights to many of the most popular destinations. Airplane charter services are also available to allow more on-demand flights and service to islands that may not have regularly scheduled flights. 

Other The Islands of Tahiti airports include:

  • Huahine (HUH)
  • Raiatea (RFP)
  • Bora Bora (BOB)
  • Tikehau (TIH)
  • Rangiroa (RGI)
  • Maupiti (MAU)
  • Atuona (AUQ)
  • Nuku Hiva (NHV)
  • Moorea (MOZ)
  • Tubuai (TUB)
  • Rurutu (RUR)
  • Fakarava (FAV)
  • Hao Island (HOI)
  • Apataki (APK)
  • Takapoto (TKP)
  • Aratika (RKA)
  • Mataiva (MVT)
  • Raivavae, Rairua (RVV)
  • Raroia (RRR)