Port Vila’s Bauerfield International airport runway safe, say consultants; coalition-building continues post-election

Air Vanuatu's new 737-800

Air Vanuatu’s brand new 737-800: using Bauerfield runway. Photo: Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu has received an independent assessment on the status of the Bauerfield international airport runway at Port Vila, satisfied the runway remains safe for jets. It was carried out by Airport Consulting Group Australia with long experience in all aspects of airport construction and building. They found no debris on the tarmac but recommended the regular sweeping of the runway should proceed until renovation is completed. Removal of excess water is essential in the unlikely event of massive rains, and Air Vanuatu is holding daily briefings with Airports Vanuatu Limited and the Civil Aviation Authority. Information from such meetings is passed on to other interested carriers.The new Air-van 737 starts work today, and other regional carriers like Solomon Air lines have indicated they will continue to use Bauerfield.

The new Chairman of Airports Vanuatu Limited – AVL’s Adrian Sinclair yesterday met with local investors and business people concerning Bauerfield. “We finished on a positive note,” he told Daily Post. There was significant attendance from the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association (VRHA). The new AVL Board was introduced to the business community.

The conspiracy case concerning the 14 gaoled politicians has been briefly adjourned, until tomorrow. A directly linked constitutional case has been directly linked with the matter, a defence lawyer has indicated. This case concerns the Pipite premature pardons, not the other issues related to the huge bribery case. These still remain to be heard.

Lobbying continues. The UFC / Leaders grouping did not achieve an MoA yesterday as more MPs came on board, and the press is aware of meetings continuing in the Modéré camp. Parliament sits one week from tomorrow.