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Flights to Futuna

by ChristophDruffner Online Now Feb 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Dear Friends,

we want to travel to Wallis and Futuna in April 2013. The flight to Wallis is by Aircalin - no problem there. But how do we get to Futuna island - where can we book the flight?

Regards

Christoph

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    Re: Flights to Futuna

    by Kakapo2 Online Now Feb 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    According to Lonely Planet Aircalin flies between the islands twice a day, five days a week - but on the booking website no such flight can be found. However, the network map shows the connection:

    wl.aircalin.com/reseau-airca...

    On this website: ieom.fr/wallis-et-futuna/pre...

    they also write about this five days a week air service, and that it happens on a DHC Twin Otter with 19 seats (others write of 16 seats - but at least the air connection seems to exist...).

    On this website: snes-fsu-wf.fr/pdf/Livret_SN...

    they write that flights are cancelled when the wind speed is above 30 km/h - and this can happen several days in a row and several times per year.

    There is no regular boat transport between the islands but obviously every long-distance cargo ship that services Wallis also services Futuna. So you would need to contact the sea transport companies:

    Compagnie Moana navigation (CMN)
    Pacific Direct Line (PDL, from Auckland/New Zealand)
    SOFRANA (every 25 days...)
    The first two companies obviously collaborate and service the islands every 20 days.
    There are 33 movements per year, meaning you need a lot of time and luck to get to Futuna.

    The most practical approach would be to contact Aircalin and/or the official tourist information in Noumea:

    http://www.office-tourisme.nc/
    Email: centre.ville@office-tourisme.nc

    There is no tourist office on the islands - but there is an office in Paris where you can ask questions:

    OFFICE DE TOURISME
    Délégation du Territoire
    27 rue Oudinot
    75358 Paris
    tel.: 01 53 69 22 74
    fax : 01 53 69 27 00
    Email: delegation.wallis-et-futuna@wanadoo.fr

    Such difficult connections exist in many isolated areas of (French) Polynesia. For example, in the Marquesas the only way to get to some of the islands is by a combined cargo/cruise ship (Aranui). When I travelled on the Aranui we took a few individual travellers aboard from time to time - which was particularly easy for daytime transfers. On night transfers such passengers would just sleep in the lounge if no cabins are available.

    I just wonder how long you would have to wait to get back from Futuna to Wallis on a cargo ship... ;-)))

    Still I am relatively optimistic that the air connection still exists.

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    by Kakapo2 Online Now Feb 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    As Aircalin still lists an address on Futuna they should still be there:

    sbtravel@mail.wf

    On this contact page:

    wl.aircalin.com/contact-airc...

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