Butaritari Atoll Airport Kiribati airports - Butaritari Atoll Airport
Kiribati airports
Kiribati airports
World airports
Airport photos
Aircraft photos
Spacecraft photos
Earth from airplane
Earth from space
Aviation articles

Butaritari Atoll Airport

Butaritari Atoll Airport (IATA: BBG, ICAO: NGTU) is an airport on Butaritari in the Pacific Ocean island nation of Kiribati.

Butaritari Atoll Airport
Location Butaritari, Kiribati
Elevation AMSL 5 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 03°05′11″N

Butaritari Atoll Airport

Location of the airport in Kiribati

Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 3,500 1,067 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data


Butaritari Atoll Airport was built in Kiribati during World War II by the United States after seizing the island from the Japanese. Construction lasted approximately one month, from November 20 to mid-December, of 1943. During the war, the airport was known as Makin Airfield, Butaritari Airfield, Antakana Airfield, or Starmann Field.

The airfield was the base of operations for the United States Army Air Forces Seventh Air Force 41st Bombardment Group which flew four squadrons of B-25 Mitchell medium bombers. Missions from the airfield were flown against Japanese shipping, bypassing islands in the Marshalls and Caroline Islands. In addition to the 41st, the 43d Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group) flew P-39 Airacobras and the 531st Bomb Squadron (380th Bombardment Group) flew A-24 Dauntless light attack aircraft from the airfield in late 1943 and early 1944.

The Americans pulled out at the end of 1944, abandoning the airfield. After the war, the airfield was turned into a commercial airport.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Kiribati Makin, Tarawa

The above content comes from Wikipedia and is published under free licenses – click here to read more.

The content above was published at Airports-Worldwide.com in 2020.
We don't guarantee the information is fresh and accurate. The data may be wrong or outdated.
For more up-to-date information please refer to other sources.

christianity portal
directory of hotels worldwide

Copyright 2004-2024 © by Airports-Worldwide.com, Vyshenskoho st. 36, Lviv 79010, Ukraine
Legal Disclaimer