At 139 miles from Rarotonga (121nm/224km) Atiu (in the Ngaputoru group) has had air access since 1977 when a short grass runway was built near Areora in the middle for the island. Once local airlines re-equipped with larger aircraft a new airstrip of compacted coral was constructed on the northern coastline that became operational in 1983.
Airport Location and Contact
Elevation (ft and m)
1255m x 30m
This airport is a non-certified aerodrome.
Passenger / Cargo Security Screening
Ground Handling Services
Yes (arranged through Air Rarotonga)
Air Traffic Control
Fire Fighting Equipment
Aircraft Parking Space
Yes (but limited)
This airport has no facilities other than a crushed coral strip and a single small building that acts as cargo and passenger terminal and ticket office.
Weather information (AWS) is obtained from Rarotonga Met service or Rarotonga Air Traffic Control. Windsocks are on each of the islands located either end of runway, ground handling to these islands is arranged through Air Rarotonga, main domestic carrier.