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Cassidy International Airport
IATA: CXI – ICAO: PLCH

CXI
Location of airport in Kiribati
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Kiritimati
Location Banana
Elevation AMSL 5 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 01°59′10″N 157°20′59″W / 1.98611°N 157.34972°W / 1.98611; -157.34972Coordinates: 01°59′10″N 157°20′59″W / 1.98611°N 157.34972°W / 1.98611; -157.34972
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,103 6,900 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF

Cassidy International Airport (IATA: CXI, ICAO: PLCH) is an airport located north of Banana, a settlement on Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island) in Kiribati. It is the only airport in the Kiribatian part of the Line Islands with an IATA and/or ICAO code.

The airport is served by Fiji's flag carrier Air Pacific from Nadi, Fiji and Honolulu, United States. Since neither Air Kiribati nor Coral Sun Airways owns aircraft capable of flying between Kiritimati and the Gilbert Islands, where all other operational airports in Kiribati are located, there are no domestic flights to or from Kiritimati. However, Coral Sun Airways declares on its website the company is considering to purchase one larger aircraft, capable of flying to the Line Islands and the Phoenix Islands.

History

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command used the airport as a refuelling stop on its Pacific transport route from Hawaii to Kanton Island for flights to Australia and New Zealand as well as a staging point for attacks on the Gilbert Islands, then occupied by Japan. The airport was expanded considerably during the war, and the World War II runway configuration can still be seen as abandoned runways and aircraft parking areas in aerial photography.

Facilities

The airport resides at an elevation of 5 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,103 by 30 metres (6,900 × 98 ft).

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Pacific Honolulu, Nadi

Charter

Airlines Destinations
Te Mauri Travel operated by Maritime Air Charters Honolulu

Air Pacific service

On 29 August 2008, Air Pacific announced they would suspend flights operating the airport from 2 September 2008. The decision was made due to the deteriorating surface of the runway which had been deemed unsafe after an inspection by Air Pacific personnel and specialist runway engineers. Service resumed on 25 May 2010. During the period Air Pacific was not offering its services to Fiji and the United States, an American company called Te Mauri Travel offered "interim" charter flights to Kiritimati.



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General Info
Country Kiribati
ICAO ID PLCH
Time UTC-10
Latitude 1.986161
01° 59' 10.18" N
Longitude -157.349778
157° 20' 59.20" W
Elevation 5 feet
2 meters
Magnetic Variation 009° E (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name CASSIDY INTL
Island Group Line I
Operating Hours SUNRISE TO SUNSET (SR-SS)


Communications
AFIS 118.1
3425
6553
8846
8867
Communications Remarks  
INFO 11339 13300 Avbl for all notified movements.


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 6900 x 98 feet
2103 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 045FBXT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB XI CHRISTMAS ISLAND - 333 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
CAUTION 150' mast 2 NM SW of arpt.
FUEL PPR for 600 gal or more. (NC-100, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 08 TCH 57'. Rwy 08-26 edge lgts now spaced in rows at intervals of 312'apart.
MISC All non-sked flt are req to notify civ avn, Tarawa, not later than 1 wk prior toarr giving ETA and ETD.
OPR HOURS Opr SR-SS with 48 hr PN, manned only when flt are opr.
RSTD Half turns in turning nodes rqr for acft over 12,566 lb.



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