It’s Easier Than Ever To Get To Tahiti From The West Coast
For American travelers, it’s now easier than ever to travel nonstop to Tahiti with the introduction of a new route connecting Seattle and Tahiti.
Air Tahiti Nui, the flagship carrier of French Polynesia, just introduced a new nonstop route for the first time in fifteen years that will allow easier access to this remote tropical paradise.
Beginning in early October, Ait Tahiti Nui’s new route connects Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with Faa’a International Airport (PPT) on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.
Tahiti is the hub for international travel in French Polynesia. It’s the most-visited island in the territory, and it also acts as a jumping-off point for visiting other islands, including Bora Bora.
Seattle joins just three other American cities that offer nonstop flights to Tahiti.
Currently, Air Tahiti Nui offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tahiti, while airlines including French Bee, United, and Hawaiian Air have nonstop routes to Tahiti from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).
New Flight Route from Seattle To Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui’s new route from Seattle to Tahiti will run twice a week, with departures from Seattle to Tahiti on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons and departures from Tahiti to Seattle on Tuesday and Saturday evenings.
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The journey takes around nine and a half hours.
This route is key in expanding Air Tahiti Nui’s presence in the United States.
“North America is a key market for our destination. So, when we decided to open a second gateway on the West Coast, Seattle was a natural answer for us,” announced Mathieu Bechonnet, Air Tahiti Nui’s Managing Director, of the decision to introduce the new route.
Air Tahiti Nui is a codeshare partner with Alaska Airlines, a major U.S. airline headquartered in Seattle, so travelers will be able to use their Alaska Airlines benefits and earn miles on flights booked with Air Tahiti Nui.
Nat Pieper, the SVP of Alaska Airlines’ fleet, finance, and alliances, stated of the new route: “Just as the weather begins to turn in the Pacific Northwest, our guests can now chase the warm sun all the way to Tahiti with a convenient nonstop flight from Seattle on Air Tahiti Nui.”
How Much Does It Cost To Get To Tahiti?
French Polynesia is not known for being a budget-friendly destination, but it’s now more affordable than ever with reasonably-priced airfare from the West Coast of the United States.
Fares from Seattle to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui start at $687 round-trip.
For travelers departing out of Los Angeles, fares start at $770 round-trip with Air Tahiti Nui.
On other airlines, it’s possible to score deals for under $1,000 round-trip.
With French Polynesia reopening to tourists after an extended closure, now is the perfect time to plan your dream vacation to this South Pacific island paradise.
How Long Is The Flight To Tahiti?
Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia are the definition of a remote, exotic island paradise.
It’s not always a quick journey to get there, but tourists will be rewarded with jaw-dropping scenery and some of the most beautiful, secluded beaches in the world.
Here’s how long it takes to get to Tahiti from the United States:
- Seattle to Tahiti: 9 hours 35 minutes
- Los Angeles to Tahiti: 8 hours 20 minutes
- San Francisco to Tahiti: 8 hours 40 minutes
- Honolulu to Tahiti: 5 hours 45 minutes
For travelers who want to visit Bora Bora or other islands in French Polynesia, it’s an additional short flight or boat ride away.
With the introduction of the new Seattle to Tahiti route, this incredible destination is more accessible than ever before.
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