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.

CTD Taxiway at Noumea

In real life Noumea sees far less traffic than will be present during Cross the Ditch. The aprons are only connected to the runway near the middle, requiring backtracks on in excess of a kilometre in both directions.

In order to facilitate efficient flow of event-level traffic, ATC may require aircraft to taxi via the 'CTD taxiway' which is a fictional taxiway extending Taxiway W east and west across the grass area on the northern side of the runway from the apron area to the runway thresholds.

Noumea (NWWW) - CTD Taxiway

Use of the imaginary taxiway is a necessary compromise to allow us to make available extra slots available at this airport during the event window.

Limited Parking At Noumea

There are a limited number of parking spots on the civilian apron at Noumea, and it is likely that demand for gates will outstrip supply, especially at the start of Wave 1. Please consider the following:


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