No one expected Tahiti to be the main airport today - and the featured theme was General Aviation, however we had a bunch of heavies. I myself expected the airports in New Zealand to be the most crowded, but instead it was Tahiti, which simply isn’t build for aircraft landing every few minutes.
We IFATC are working hard behind the scenes to ensure you land safely, so do bear with the long wait. A lot of coordination is required between the tower, ground, approach and center controller.
We are currently finding solutions for you guys.
If you really don’t want to wait, I highly suggest diverting. However, the nearest airport for heavies is over 600nm away.
If you’d like to fly here, patience is key.
I am not saying you can’t fly a heavy here, it is allowed yes, but please, try to fly a GA.
In real life, Tahiti only has aircraft landing every 1-2 hours. We have a aircraft landing every 1-2 minutes here however.
I am currently on ground and there is a lot of coordination required with the tower controller as there are many features about Tahiti that simply don’t work for heavy traffic like this.
For example, there is only 1 main taxiway (with 1 small one that heavies can’t fit Into) and if aircraft exit the runway while an aircraft is taxiing to the runway. It simply won’t work out. They will end up with a face off, and it will cause a lot of problems, or if you end up passing the exit, you’d have to back taxi. This causes the aircraft on final to perform a go around, as we have aircraft coming in every minute. This is why we are making use of functions such as gate hold or hold position, to reduce the amount of traffic going out at one time.
Tip: please follow ALL IFATC instructions,we are trying our best to get you down to the ground, or off the ground. If you’d faced any thing you didn’t like today, feel free to contact the controller in question :)
Thanks everyone for your patience today :)