Virgin Australia suspends Port Vila service until further noticePosted: January 28, 2016
In a further blow to Vanuatu’s air travellers and battered tourism industry, Virgin Australia has just announced that its Port Vila service has been suspended until further notice, after representatives from the airline inspected the deteriorating condition of the Bauerfield runway over the weekend.
Customers who are booked to travel to or from Vanuatu will be given either a refund, a change of destination or a travel credit, says the airline.
Virgin Australia is the third airline to suspend their Port Vila service, following similar announcements last week from Air New Zealand and Qantas.
Earlier this week, Vanuatu’s Civil Aviation Authority directed Airports Vanuatu Limited, the operators of Port Vila’s Bauerfield International Airport, to upgrade the runway.
Air Niugini is currently making a decision about whether to suspend their service.
Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Fiji Airways and Solomon Airlines are all still flying in and out of Port Vila — for now.