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Flights

Getting around by air

The following airlines fly into New Caledonia. Air France flies code-share with Aircalin (Air Calédonie International).

Air France

Air New Zealand

Air Vanuatu

Aircalin The country’s national carrier.

Qantas Access from rue de Verdun.

Aircalin has three direct flights a week from Osaka, four a week from Tokyo (US$1400 return) and two from Soul (South Korea).

Qantas and Aircalin flights leave from Brisbane three times a week and Sydney daily. A return fare from Sydney/Brisbane starts at US$850/900.

There are four flights per week between Auckland and Noumea, either with Air New Zealand or Aircalin, starting from US$700.

Aircalin flies to Nadi (Fiji) twice a week (US$500 return) and to Pape’ete (Tahiti) once a week (US$1000 return). Flights run between Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Noumea four times a week (from US$350 return) with Aircalin or Air Vanuatu.

Airports

New Caledonia’s redeveloped Tontouta International Airport has ATMs and a currency exchange office (exchange currency on arrival before clearing customs). Duty-free shopping is limited on arrival and, at the time of research, the only place to change money was at a desk before passing through immigration. The airport is 45km northwest of Noumea and it takes around one hour by public bus to get to the city. It’s shorter if you use a more expensive shuttle. Magenta Domestic Airport is a further 20-minute bus ride from Noumea – there is no direct connection between the two airports.