Mataveri International Airport or Isla de Pascua Airport is located at Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Isla de Pascua in Spanish). It is from Santiago, Chile (SCL) which has scheduled flights to it on the Chilean carrier LAN Airlines (formerly LanChile), and from Mangareva (GMR) in the Gambier Islands. The runway starts just inland from the island's northwest coast at Mataveri and nearly reaches the south coast, almost separating the mountain of Rano Kau from the rest of the island.
The airport is the main point of entry for thousands of tourists who come to Easter Island to see its famous Moai and other archaeological sites. The airport contains a restaurant/bar, several souvenir shops, as well as a baggage claim area where most of the island's hotels and guesthouses have kiosks. The airport also has a transit lounge used by passengers who are continuing on to or from Papeete, Tahiti, which is also serviced by LAN Airlines.
Scheduled services from Chile started in 1967 with a monthly DC-6B flight that took 9 hours, using a runway extended and paved for the use of a US base. In 1970, services were upgraded with a faster weekly Boeing 707 service to Chile. Tahiti services were added in 1971, and the frequency doubled to twice-weekly..
The airport's single runway is 3,318 m (10,885 ft). The airport was once designated as an abort site for the U.S. Space Shuttle when polar orbital flights from Vandenberg, California were planned. The project to lengthen the runway began in 1984 and enabled wide-bodied jets to use the airport, which further boosted tourism to the island. LAN currently flies Boeing 767 aircraft to the island on its scheduled services.