French Polynesia has a population of 275,918 in the 2017 census.
The main resource of the country is Tourism, benefiting from a mythical image linked to the iconic names Tahiti and Bora-Bora mainly. But the destination is primarily carried by a ‘Mana’ (spiritual power) embodied by a warm and welcoming population, by a striking cultural history shared with its neighbors of the Polynesian triangle.
French Polynesia has opted for selective tourism development and now has a diversified offer (accommodations/activities). However, the economic and social development of the Country is intimately linked, in addition to its domestic air service considering the remoteness between archipelagos, to a varied international air offer dominated by Air Tahiti Nui which transports more than two thirds (decreasing evolution) of international travelers to/from Tahiti.
The main airport in French Polynesia is Tahiti Faa’a International Airport, which handles nearly 1.4 million passengers, and to date it does not have the status of a hub to which it could legitimately claim with its scalable infrastructure and its privileged geographical location.
After years of decline in tourism (post 2001 and 2008) and then stagnation, air traffic has changed in two figures in 2018/2019 with the successive arrivals of French Bee and United (Nov18- SFO), presenting a demonstrated correlation between the supply of international seats and the evolution of market attendance. It goes without saying that the post-pandemic period will significantly influence tourist flows to a level that no one can clearly grasp.
FLY CORALway’s main objectives for this market:
There is no direct link between Wallis and Futuna, Samoa and French Polynesia despite the traffic outlook especially between the last two destinations.
The service will operate from Tahiti (PPT) by multi-segment flights to Samoa (APW) and then WLS and will be marketed for the benefit of:
- The Wallisian and Futunian community wishing to visit French Polynesia or to use PPT as a hub to the US or Europe (or vice versa) for family and/or religious events.
- Residents of French Polynesia wishing to visit Wallis and Futuna and/or Samoa as there are currently no ‘direct’ options responding to this request.
- The Samoan community based in the US, who could benefit from more suitable connections to reach Samoa via PPT
Moreover, there is no direct link between Fiji and French Polynesia despite the proven prospects of tourist and freight exchanges between the two destinations.
The service will be operated either by multi-segment flights to NAN and then WLS and will be marketed for the benefit of:
- Tahitian residents wishing to visit Wallis and Futuna and/or Fiji as there are currently no options to meet this demand, see NAN as an international hub to Australasian destinations.
- Tourists from the ASIA regions (including China, Hong Kong or Singapore) or AUSTRALIA, who could take advantage of more suitable connections to reach French Polynesia.
- • Economic exchanges with Fiji made possible by a direct link promoting desired regional integration.