New Caledonia’s international airport reopens as civil unrest subsides


New Caledonia’s international airport La Tontouta has reopened for commercial flights following more than a month of rioting.

The French territory’s high commissioner, Louis Le Franc, said the overnight curfews had also been eased for the first time since civil unrest began. The curfew now begins at 8pm instead of 6pm.

The high commissioner said French gendarmes have also cleared the barricades blocking the highway linking the airport to the capital La Noumea as part of actions designed to “facilitate the gradual return of normal life”.