Tongareva Airport

Tongareva Airport
LocationPenrhyn Island, Cook Islands
Elevation AMSL8 ft / 3 m
Coordinates09°00′24″S 158°02′12″W / 9.00667°S 158.03667°W / -9.00667; -158.03667
WebsiteCook Islands Airports
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 7,530 2,295 most likely coral or old concrete

Tongareva Airport is an airport on Penrhyn Island in the Cook Islands. The airport lies a mere 8 feet (3 m) above the mean sea level.


During World War II, Tongareva was of strategic importance. In 1942, 1,000 U.S. servicemen began constructing a 10,000 ft airstrip on the motu of Moananui. The airstrip was used by the American military until 1946. The island was not directly attacked, but was used for transport of men and materials.[1]

Airlines and destinations

There are no scheduled flight as of May 2019; however, Air Rarotonga operates regular charter flights to the island from Rarotonga using Embraer Bandeirante and Cessna Citation II aircraft as well as occasional charters to Kiritimati in Kiribati.[2]

Aerial view of Tongareva Airport


  1. ^ "Great Circle Mapper". Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Home Page".

External links

  • Images of Airport and Island on Air Rarotonga Web Site
  • Airport entry on Cook Islands Airports Web Site

09°00′24″S 158°02′12″W / 9.00667°S 158.03667°W / -9.00667; -158.03667

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