Sharechat Logo

Air New Zealand suspends Vanuatu flights over runway safety concerns

Friday 22nd January 2016

Text too small?

Air New Zealand is suspending services between Auckland and Vanuatu due to concerns about the deteriorating condition of the runway at Port Vila International Airport.

General manager flight operations Stephen Hunt said the airline had decided to suspend services before the situation becomes unsafe and it will use additional safety measures to operate one more return service between Auckland and Vanuatu this Sunday to repatriate customers on the Pacific Island.

Air New Zealand flies one service weekly to Vanuatu and codeshares with Air Vanuatu on its twice-weekly service.

Customers who have already booked flights to Vanuatu can change their booking to another Pacific or Tasman destination or receive a full refund.

The Vanuatu government signed a US$59.5 million credit agreement with the World Bank in June last year to improve the safety and efficiency of its aviation sector.

The project was for key infrastructure for Vanuatu’s three international airports and included US$3.8 million for emergency reconstruction for airport damage from Cyclone Pam, which killed 11 people and left thousands homeless in March 2015.

Air New Zealand's shares rose 1.4 percent to $3.16 in trading on the NZX today.

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

Broader review powers eyed for Climate Change Commission
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares edge lower as global ructions weigh; Tourism Holdings sinks
NZ dollar rises as markets bet on US interest rate cut
Fonterra seeks further changes to dairy act
Tilt, Oji say transmission changes may discourage new generation
Tourism Holdings shares fall to 6-week low as US margins shrink
Venture capitalists split on govt picking winners
21st October 2019 Morning Report
Kiwi dollar steady as markets await Brexit developments
Domestic AGMs, multi-national earnings to provide economic insights

IRG See IRG research reports