As of 20 May 2024, approximately 3,200 travelers remain stranded in the French territory of New Caledonia due to flight cancellations caused by the ongoing protest actions, including roadblocks, over electoral reforms. La Tontouta International Airport (NWWW/NOU), which serves as the main gateway to the territory, remains closed to commercial flights. Approximately 600 French gendarmes have been deployed to regain control of the RT1 highway that leads from the capital Nouméa to the airport, located approximately 60 km (40 mi) away from the city. The gendarmes have been tasked with clearing roadblocks and burned debris within the territory. Although at least 76 barricades have been removed by the gendarmes, the roadway to the airport is not expected to be reopened for several days as burned debris is being removed. AirCalin, the national carrier, has announced that the airport will likely remain closed until at least 23 May. In several areas of the territory, roadblocks have made it difficult for food and other goods to be transported to stores. Several French overseas territories, including La Reunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique, have called on the French government to rescind the reform passed by the French National Assembly allowing French citizens who have lived in New Caledonia for more than 10 years to vote in local elections. A state of emergency established on 16 May remains in place in New Caledonia.