Tahiti: Improving Connections

ADT spends up big to bolster infrastructure and welcome new airlines

Eric Dumas took over as the new CEO of the airport of Tahiti (ADT) in August 2015. In the run-up to ITB Berlin 2017, we asked him what his vision for ADT is for the years to come…

The actions taken since the creation of ADT (2010) are beginning to bear fruit and will in the coming months see the completion of the upgrading of our infrastructure that will ensure new levels of comfort in relation to the standards of other major international airports. On the commercial side, more air operators are becoming interested in the potential of French Polynesia and its positioning in the heart of the Pacific. They are anticipating excellent prospects for tourism and we are in contact with several airlines for the opening of lines to China, North America, Europe and the Middle East. These lines will complement the existing supply and will expand the typology of our clientele.

What are international destinations are directly served from Tahiti-Faa’a?

Tahiti is connected directly with the United States with 11 weekly flights to Los Angeles (Air Tahiti Nui and Air France) and 1 to Honolulu (Hawaiian). Among these 11 frequencies, 6 carry-on to Paris CDG (Air Tahiti Nui and Air France). A service to Tokyo is run 2 to 3 times a week by Air Tahiti Nui while Auckland is serviced 6 times a week by Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand. The continuation on to Australia is possible with 2 operators. LATAM flies 1 time per week to Easter Islands then Santiago in Chile with good connections to South America. Finally, Air Calin offers 1 weekly flight to Noumea in New Caledonia, as well as Air Tahiti to Rarotonga – Cook Islands.

A year ago, Mr Jean-Christophe BOUISSOU, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADT and yourself presented for the first time the drafts of the project retained as part of the extension and renewal of the public concourse of the airport of Tahiti-Faa’a. Can you describe this project more completely?

After investing €35m between 2011 and 2016, the renewal of the public hall constitutes the flagship of ADT for the next 3 years. €12m will be engaged from the end of 2017 to rebuild parks cars, road access then all passenger registration and circulation areas in the terminal. Eventually, we will have a modern terminal, marked by a strong Polynesian identity: airier, brighter, better organised and with an expanded and diversified offering of shops & services. This project will be completed by 2 other operations related to the reconfiguration of baggage sorting infrastructure and the redevelopment of the domestic terminal. In total, nearly €25m will be invested between now and 2020.

How important is ITB Berlin for ADT?

ITB Berlin is a wonderful showcase to seduce the tourism p r o f e s s i o n a l s and convince them of the cons iderab le pot ent ial of French Polynesia. The message I want to deliver to professionals is that Polynesia isn’t only Bora Bora and Moorea, but 5 archipelagos each having their identity and a multitude of attractive and varied Islands waiting to reveal their natural and cultural treasures