AIR TAHITI TO ADD FLIGHTS TO MARQUESAS

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To accommodate Dec. 15-18 arts festival

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 5, 2011) - Air Tahiti, French Polynesia's domestic airline, announced a few days ago more flights to the Marquesas Islands at the end of this year.

The increased number of flights is mostly due to the Marquesas Islands Arts Festival.

This Festival is to take place Dec. 15-18 on the island of Nuku Hiva.

[PIR editor’s note: The Marquesas Islands Arts Festival takes place every four years. The 2011 festival will feature 'The Apprentice’ theme focusing on the young apprentices living on the islands and the cultural skills and knowledge inherited from their ancestors. Around 2,000 participants from the Polynesian triangle include delegations from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Rapa Nui and Hawaii as well as the Marquesas.]

There will be no less than 30 additional flights during that period, an Air Tahiti press release states.

During this single week, Air Tahiti will carry more than 1,600 passengers to Nuku Hiva.

This is quite a lot for one the most beautiful but also one of the most remote islands of French Polynesia.

The Marquesas archipelago is located in the North East of French Polynesia, about 1,500 kilometers away from the island of Tahiti.

There will also be an increased Air Tahiti staff on Nuku Hiva during the Festival, the press release adds.

French Overseas minister Marie-Luce Penchard is also expected to come to Nuku Hiva for the Festival.

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