Butaritari Atoll Airport

Butaritari Atoll Airport
Location Butaritari, Kiribati
Elevation AMSL 5 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 3°05′11″N 172°48′41″E / 3.086521°N 172.811465°E / 3.086521; 172.811465Coordinates: 3°05′11″N 172°48′41″E / 3.086521°N 172.811465°E / 3.086521; 172.811465


Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 3,500 1,067 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data [1]

Butaritari Atoll Airport (IATA: BBGICAO: NGTU) is an airport on Butaritari in the Pacific Ocean island nation of Kiribati.



Butaritari Atoll Airport was built in Kiribati during World War II by the United States after seizing the island from the Japanese. Construction lasted approximately one month, from November 20 to mid-December, of 1943. During the war, the airport was known as Butaritari Airfield, Antakana Airfield, or Starmann Field.

The airfield was the base of operations for the United States Army Air Force Seventh Air Force 41st Bombardment Group which flew four squadrons of B-25 Mitchell medium bombers. Missions from the airfield were flown against Japanese shipping, bypassing islands in the Marshalls and Caroline Islands. In addition to the 41st, the 43d Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group) flew P-39 Airacobras and the 531st Bomb Squadron (380th Bombardment Group) flew A-24 Dauntless light attack aircraft from the airfield in late 1943 and early 1944.

The Americans pulled out at the end of 1944, abandoning the airfield. After the war, the airfield was turned into a commercial airport.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Kiribati Makin, Tarawa
Coral Sun Airways Makin[1], Marakei[2], Tarawa[3]

See also

  • USAAF in the Central Pacific


  1. ^ Only way back; way there is via Tarawa.
  2. ^ Only way back; way there is via Tarawa.
  3. ^ Only way there; way back is via Marakei or Makin.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5

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