MalevTU134 wrote:Mortyman wrote:Anyone know if the runway at FUN ( Funafuti, Tuvalu ) is long enough to handle a fully loaded B737 or A320 ? I see that Fiji Airways is using an ATR 72 these days.
I don't think it is. When I flew in there on the Embraer Brasilia, we sure used up almost all of the runway returning tu Suva. And even if it was, you do know that that runway also doubles as the football field, as well as that for a local ball game (the name of which now escapes me)? We stayed at a guesthouse just next to the terminal, and a siren goes off every time (that's 2 or 3 times per week) that a plane is inbound, players leave the runway, children and adults alike flock to the sides of the runway to watch the landing and takeoff. No fence, no nothing. Really old world charm. So, apart from the length of the runway, Foreign Object Ingestion would be a huge problem for the planes you mentioned. And the population of the entire country of Tuvalu is 11000, that of Funafuti (the main island where the capital and airport is) is roughly 7000. Most dirt poor. Extremely limited hotel facilities. Why would you need a B737 or A320?
Yes, I know. Today Fiji Airways use the ATR 72-600 to Tuvalu. I was thinking since Fiji Airways use the Boeing 737-800 to Tarawa, Kiribati they could if the runway at Tuvalu was long enough use the Boeing 737 on a milk route between Suva - Funafuti - Tarawa - Kiritimati and back, like United is using the B737 between the islands of the Federated States of Micronesia