Runaway upgrade

Upgrade of Vanuatu runways to boost domestic travel

Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice says the government has identified Norsup, Lonorore and Motalava as the first runways to be upgraded and extended to accept ATR-sized regional turboprops. These airfields mainly serve local communities, although the country is pushing to eventually promote these destinations to tourists as well, Nice adds.

The country has seen a steady uptick in tourism, says Nice, who predicts the current 10 percent year-on-year growth in international arrivals to remain intact for the foreseeable future.