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Air Vanuatu Flies on

On Friday 22nd January Air New Zealand suspended flights to Vanuatu following an engineer's report re the runway surface at Bauerfield.

This prompted Air Vanuatu to seek details of the report and also to hold their own meetings with AVL and Civil Aviation. This meeting resulted in the following statement from Air Vanuatu


Saturday 23 January 2016: Air Vanuatu’s chief executive officer, shareholders’ representatives, pilots and senior management met with Airports Vanuatu Limited and CAAV today to implement a plan to continue jet operations at Bauerfield airport.

The national carrier said several extra precautions are now in place until permanent repair at the aerodrome begins.

The safety measures imposed by Air Vanuatu require daily ‘sweeping’ of the runway plus regular inspections prior to and after take-off; new obstacle and runway surveys and 200m of runway to be marked at the end of runway 11 for urgent repair.

Air Vanuatu said these measures would ensure in the short-term, jet operations could continue in to Bauerfield.

ATR services are not affected and will continue as normal.

Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll tel +678 7747153 or

This is good news for Vanuatu and the works required to permanently resurface the Bauerfield strip will I am sure be a high priority

I will continue to blog updates daily for the present and our guests and anyone visiting Vanuatu is encouraged to contact us for accurate and updated information as it is released


Bryan Death


Hotels & Resorts Association


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