The first route between Papeete and Seattle begins this fall. In a press release, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) expressed its enthusiasm about the launch of a new non-stop service to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) operated by Air Tahiti Nui starting October 5, 2022.
“Seattle is honored to be only the second U.S. destination for Air Tahiti Nui,” said Lance Lyttle, SEA Airport Managing Director. “We’re excited that Seattleites will now have yet another magical destination to explore, whether that’s Tahiti itself or other nearby islands like Bora Bora or Mo’orea.”
Tahiti will be Seattle’s southernmost destination, and the first located in the Southern Hemisphere. Air Tahiti Nui will operate the twice-weekly route using a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with the following schedule:
|TN51||Seattle to Tahiti||12:40 p.m.||7:10 p.m.||Wed, Sun|
|TN52||Tahiti to Seattle||10.00 p.m.||10:25 a.m. (+1)||Tues, Sat|
“North America is a key market for our destination. So, when we decided to open a second gateway on the West Coast, Seattle was a natural answer for us”, explained Mathieu Bechonnet, Air Tahiti Nui Managing Director. “I would like to thank our partners at Alaska Airlines and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for their warm welcome and support in making this happen.”
International Service at SEA
Travelers arriving at SEA from Tahiti will enjoy the soon-to-open new International Arrivals Facility, the most complex capital development project in the history of SEA airport. The IAF will dramatically improve connection time, efficiency, and service to millions of annual international travelers.
Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahiti service is the sixth new international service to SEA announced since 2020. Qatar-Doha, WestJet-Calgary, and Alaska-Belize City began service in 2021, while Air Canada-Montreal and Finnair-Helsinki will begin service in summer 2022.
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) serves the people of the Pacific Northwest with essential services, access to hundreds of domestic and global destinations, and economic activity that supports tens of thousands of jobs and produces $20 billion in economy activity. SEA earned the travel industry’s prestigious 4-Star Skytrax Airport Rating, focused on customer-centered travel with better services, facilities, and amenities.
This year, the airport launches FlyWell@SEA for traveler experience, health and wellness. SEA totaled 36.2 million passengers in 2021 – down just over 30% from 2019 – with a forecast to reach 95% of pre-pandemic traveler volumes in 2022.
For more information about this U.S. Top 10 airport, visit www.flysea.org.
[ Press Release by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)]