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Air Tahiti "small Islands" Network  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2237 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

I just checked Air Tahiti's network here and I noticed some islands that are marked "small islands network". Indeed for at least one of them I checked (Reao) there was no schedule.

What is the significance of the "small islands network"? Are these islands served by Air Tahiti, but only on a charter basis? Or how does this network function?

Thanks!

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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

When I was there (before the internet .... Yes,I know.... I'm getting old....) I remember some islands were served once every 2 weeks, or once a month.
Those flights are for the local people, and are probably subsidized by the local government. That's maybe what they call the small islands network. And they probably don't put it on the net due to the very low frequency.
Can anyone confirm?
Teva



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User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

I love that maps. Shows the pure size of French Polynesia!!!

PS: Talk about some islands being isolated!!!

[Edited 2007-12-09 21:26:55]

User currently offlineIcna05e From France, joined Feb 2006, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1720 times:



Quoting Teva (Reply 1):
probably subsidized by the local government.

I would say so. "small islands network " seems to be the translation of the French "réseau de désenclavement". It must be comparable to what is done in France or even in the US with the essential air services. Albeit with a (very) reduced frequency!


User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2237 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

I agree.

Although what is done in metropolitan France is that although subsidies are given, there is a schedule.

Possibly there is one around these islands, too, I just couldn't find one anywhere.

I was specifically wondering about flights to/from Reao. The airport seems to be big enough to handle ATRs, but then I just wouldn't know which route they're flying.


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