Airport Overview

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

Country

Cook Islands

Latitude

19°58’00”S 

Longitude

158°07’31”W

Elevation (ft and m)


IATA Code

AIU  

ICAO Code

NCAT

Runway

Runway

Runway Dimensions

1255m x 30m

Runway Orientation

09/27

Runway Surface


Runway Condition


This airport is a non-certified aerodrome.

Airport Infrastructure Details

Infrastructure

Passenger / Cargo Security Screening

No

Runway Lighting

No

Refueling Capacity

No

Ground Handling Services

Yes (arranged through Air Rarotonga)

Air Traffic Control

n/a

Fire Fighting Equipment

No

Weather Information

Yes

Aircraft Parking Space

Yes (but limited)

Navigation Aids

No

Perimeter Fencing

No

Windsock

Yes

 


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.