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Air Tahiti "small Islands" Network  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2406 posts, RR: 21
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2535 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?


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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2389 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?

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User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2312 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, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2143 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, 2406 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2090 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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