Air Vanuatu

Vanuatu govt to launch inquiry into Air Vanuatu aircraft purchases

Finance minister Johnny Koanapo said the previous board committed to buy four A220s without considering the implications for taxpayers, who own the airline.

He told the Vanuatu Daily Post the new government has decided to only buy two of the aircraft, as it focuses mostly on domestic travel.

Vanuatu's borders have been closed to international travel since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.


Air Vanuatu outbound repatriations still on schedule

The announcement comes after its inbound repatriation services, which were supposed to start yesterday, were cancelled.

The delay was forced by the National Disaster Management Office which is in the process of checking the airline's compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Air Vanuatu's outbound service today to New Caledonia will leave at midday as scheduled.

The flight is carrying passengers from Europe who will catch a connecting flight from Noumea to Japan from where they will fly to their respective home countries.

Air Vanuatu defers international repatriation flights

The airline made the decision after receiving information yesterday afternoon that any repatriation efforts will be coordinated through the COVID-19 advisory group.

Based on a meeting held by the National Disaster Advisory Committee on Monday, 10 August, the office of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) has indicated that all repatriation flights will be coordinated with Air Vanuatu once all Phase Two repatriation procedures are in place.

Air Vanuatu announces repatriation flights schedule

The airline has announced its international flight schedule to support the Government’s second repatriation phase of Vanuatu nationals and permanent residents.

“We are pleased to work with the Government of Vanuatu and other relevant agencies such as NDMO, the Vanuatu Public Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic partners to offer these much-needed flights,” said Joseph Laloyer, Air Vanuatu Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Air Vanuatu to fly first outbound passenger flight on Friday

With support from the French Embassy in Vanuatu and the New Caledonian government, the airline is returning nine French nationals from Port Vila to Noumea.

It is the airline's first international passenger flight since Air Vanuatu suspended services in March following the closure of Vanuatu's borders.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported no passengers were expected to be on the return flight.

Air Vanuatu's acting Chief Executive, Joseph Laloyer, said the flight was a positive step on the road towards international aviation recovery.

Air Vanuatu announces increase Boeing 737 service to Santo

The aircraft will depart at Port Vila 3pm and will arrive in Santo at 3.30pm. The return flight will depart Santo from 4.30pm and will arrive at Port Vila 5.30pm.

Air Vanuatu General Manager Commercial Jeff Murdoch says they are seeing encouraging passenger numbers between Port Vila and Santo and they will introduce the supplementary frequency to meet the demand.

“We hope that the additional services will also help our Santo Tourism industry partners and businesses to benefit from the additional capacity and help boost the domestic market”, Mr Murdoch said.

Air Vanuatu announces way forward as airline feels impact of global coronavirus pandemic

At a meeting, Wednesday, the Board acknowledged the efforts made by all the employees in Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand, from the flight crew and engineers to the front-line airport and sales personnel for their commitments during these challenging times.

Chairman Sam Firi described the strategy as “New Era, New Look,”.

Air Vanuatu shareholders appoint new Board of Directors

Former aircraft engineer Sam Firi has been appointed Board Chairman.

Well-known lawyer, Andrew Bal is the new Vice Chairman.

The other Board members are Jean Paul Virelala, a former CEO of Air Vanuatu and a former Member of Parliament, Philip Charlie.

The new members, together with Derek Nice, Managing Director and CEO of Air Vanuatu, constitute the new Board of Directors.

Air Vanuatu schedules Boeing 737 aircraft for Santo

The flights have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, 14th April 2020

NF208 Port-Vila Santo 15:00 15:35
NF209 Santo Port-Vila 16:25 17:00

Friday, 17th April 2020

NF208 Port-Vila Santo 15:00 15:35
NF209 Santo Port-Vila 16:25 17:00

The airline’s sales office is open from 7:30am through 15:00 for bookings or call 20200 or email for further information,

Vanuatu domestic air services to resume

Services had been suspended as precautionary measures due to Tropical Cyclone Harold which caused extensive destruction in parts of the country.

Following the notice of resumption of services Tuesday, Air Vanuatu announced that domestic passenger services will resume as of Friday 10 April 2020.

Air Vanuatu said it received the official notice of resumption of domestic services from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at lunchtime Tuesday.