Air New Zealand to resume services to Vanuatu after runway safety issues are resolve

Published on : Friday, April 8, 2016

air-new-zealandNew Zealand’s national carrier writes to the director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu setting out the conditions for its return after it suspended services to Port Vila in January.


Air New Zealand said on Friday that it will only resume services to Vanuatu once safety concerns over the Pacific island nation’s main airstrip have been permanently resolved.


The suspension of flights has been a serious blow to the tourism industry in Vanuatu, which is still recovering from the battering it received from Cyclone Pam in January last year.


Air New Zealand general manager flight operations Stephen Hunt said while interim repairs were underway, the one-year lifespan of the repairs did not provide sufficient operational certainty to build a sustainable service on.


The airline said the letter made clear it would only consider resuming services once a permanent solution for the runway at Bauerfield airfield had been fully funded, designed to a satisfactory standard and contracted to a competent contractor.


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