South Tarawa – The Republic of Kiribati is administered from the capital, South Tarawa. The head of state is President Taneti Maamau. The entire territory of Kiribati covers 811 square kilometers. About 120,000 people live here. Since the extensive island area is only a few meters above sea level, it is specifically threatened by flooding or complete destruction. Responsible for the dramatic situation is climate change, which can be clearly traced on Kiribati. The calculations of various climate researchers suggest that most of the atolls of the archipelago will be uninhabitable by the year 2050. Two decades later, the entire area is likely to be below sea level.
The distances are enormous. Someone who wanted to know exactly measured 13,783 km for the Berlin-Kiribati route, from Sydney in Australia it is 4,498 km according to this calculation artist and from Los Angeles exactly 8,001 km. It is also hard to imagine the distances from island to island. From the northernmost to the southernmost island more than 800 km have to be covered and from the capital Bairiki on the Gilbert Island Tarawa in the west to Kiritimati (Line Islands) beyond the date line in the east it is even 3,200 km. Transferred to Europe, this distance corresponds approximately to the route Paris-Milano-Athens-Cyprus or North Cape-Stockholm-Berlin-Tuscany.
How do you get to these remote atolls? Not directly at all! One has to accept that the journey to and from the airport is not only costly but also time-consuming. Changing flights, depending on the connection and flight day several times, is one of them. Brisbane in the east of Australia with good connections to Europe offers itself as a hub. From here, aircraft of the Nauru Airlines Bonriki/South Tarawa arrive via Nauru and the “flag carrier” of the Fiji Islands, Fiji Airways, connects Brisbane via Nadi (Fiji Islands) with Bonriki. Kiribati addicts know the circumstances. They accept flight and stopover times of thirty to fifty hours without complaint.
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