5 Jun 2014

Protest in Vanuatu closes an airport

3:17 pm on 5 June 2014

An airport on Ambrym Island in Vanuatu has been closed by landowners claiming the government owes them rent.

A landowner and chief, August Taliban, says Craig Cove's all weather airport has been closed until the Government fulfills its promise to pay the land rent.

Vanuatu's Director General for Infrastructure, Johnson Binaru, says such land issues take time to settle and the closure of the airport will impact on the local people.

There is another airport on the western side of Ambrym.