After 2 magincal days in Manihi, we have to go home…
We do our check-out and board the golf carts that will take us to the airport.
The road towards the airport.
The hotel staff drop us off near the small shack that is used as a terminal and they drop off our bags at the check-in counters.
The airport is near the wharf where the boats link the airport to the main village located on another islet.
The plane has arrived yet, must be inflight between Rangiroa and Manihi. The firefighters are here, awaiting its arrival.
The waiting area and the small snack-bar.
These are the counters for check-in and the benches of the boarding lounge !
A tupa, big earth crab will be our entertainment while we wait for our flight.
We were supposed to get an ATR42-500 but it is F-OIQU, an ATR72-500 that shows its wings !
The whole airport staff gets ready, the aircraft is here !
Tiairani is on the ground !
And parks right in front of us !
The airport staff invites us to board and we follow the ground agent to the aircraft.
We are greeted on board by a female cabin attendant, the purser is standing half way through the cabin to spread the passengers evenly for load purposes as there are only 11 of us.
The view through the very dirty window.
The doors are closed and the engines are starting to rumble.
Do not sit on the tables please !
LThe plane is taxiing up the runway…
does a turn…
and runs fast to take off !
Manihi airport and the parking area.
Take off for Rangiroa. We turn above the lagoon of Manihi.
We go past the airport, the runway and the Pearl Beach Resort.
We continue our route towards Rangiroa and after 30 minutes we are above Rangiroa.
We are on final for Rangiroa.
We land softly !
Next FR, the last leg, Rangiroa-Papeete.