Mataveri International Airport - Atlas Obscura

Mataveri International Airport

The world's most remote airport. 


The distance between Mataveri International Airport and Santiago, Chile is equivalent to a trip from Washington D.C. to Las Vegas.

A whopping 2,336 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Chile, Mataveri is the most remote airport in the world. Strangely enough, it is also a well-traveled gateway for thousands of tourists visiting the strange world of Easter Island, and the massive Stone Moai statues.

Until the 1970s when Boeing 707 aircraft were employed for travel to the island making tourism possible, the single air strip was planned for use as an abort site for United States space shuttles, though it never had to be used.

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