Mataveri Intl Airport
Not Verified | Tiny yet functional airport which serves this remote South Pacific Island with regular flights by LATAM from Santiago and Papeete. Airport is only open when these two flights arrive. The terminal is a single storied structure, very user friendly. The airport has all the ambience of a tropical island - palm trees, open structures, walk across the tarmac to disembark and board the aircraft, even a moai - a specimen of the island’s iconic stone statues. Before the baggage claim area is a stall where one can buy the National Park ticket in Chilean pesos or by credit card or US dollars. On exiting the baggage claim area, you find you hotel pick drivers waiting holding up your name. There are also taxis. The town is so close that you can even walk to your hotel if you have light luggage. On departure, the terminal hall becomes a bazaar with many stalls selling local souvenirs. There is also a cafeteria. Bathrooms are clean. There is an “exit” check by the security services where they collect the stamped form that you have fill out before boarding the flight to IPC. Rules limit stay on the island to 30 days for both foreigners and Chileans. There are also souvenir stalls, restaurant and bathroom beyond the security check. The covered “gate” area is open and you can watch your plane getting readied for your flight. All very relaxing!