Vanuatu govt to launch inquiry into Air Vanuatu aircraft purchases

Vanuatu's government will appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the process behind the purchase of four new jets for Air Vanuatu.

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.