Air NZ could return to Vanuatu after runway work

Photo by Chameleon's Eye
Photo by Chameleon’s Eye

Air New Zealand has said it could resume operations to Vanuatu, following work to repair the runway at the island’s Bauerfield International Airport.

Several flights to Vanuatu were suspended earlier this year due to concern about the condition of the runway. Air New Zealand, which suspended its Vanuatu route in January 2016, was vocal in its criticism of the airport.

But it has now said that it is “satisfied” with the temporary repairs that have been made, and that it could “consider charter jet operations” to Vanuatu in future.

The airline added however, that it will only consider resuming regular scheduled services to Vanuatu “once a permanent solution for the runway at Bauerfield has been fully-funded, designed to a satisfactory standard and contracted to a competent contractor”.

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