Note: All charts for Noumea (NWWW) are available from the AIP Overseas France Website.

New Caledonia

Noumea - La Tontouta (icao: NWWW; iata: NOU) is the major airport for the French territory of New Caledonia. It is the main transit point for tourists from around the world seeking the island's heady mix of French and Melanesian culture, and South Pacific tropical beauty.

It has one runway - 11/29. Due to high ground to the south of the airport, most approaches are performed onto runway 11 (it is the only ILS approach), and where possible departures are performed from runway 29. There are no runway-end taxiways and the terminal is located roughly halfway along the runway, so all departures and long-running arrivals will require a back-track.

RNAV Arrivals

Runway 11 is equipped with an ILS and most of the NWWW arrival procedures feed into this approach. All STARs are now RNAV only. Pilots unable to fly the RNAV arrivals should indicate this in their flight plan, and inform controllers on initial contact in order to receive vectors to the ILS approach.

Flights from New Zealand can expect to be assigned the NULVI ONE ALFA (NULVI1A) arrival. Because of the likelihood of backtracks on the runway for arrivals and departures, and opposing departures on runway 29, pilots should anticipate being asked to join the hold at PEPIT.


Flights departing Noumea for New Zealand can expect to be assigned one of the following departures depending on the active runway.