3 Feb 2016

Air Vanuatu continues Port Vila flights after report

4:53 pm on 3 February 2016
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Photo: Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu says it will continue flying in and out of the country after receiving an independent report on the main airport.

Air New Zealand, Virgin Airways and Qantas have suspended their operations to Port Vila's Bauerfield International Airport because of concern over the condition of the runway.

Air Vanuatu said an assessment by the Australian firm ACG found no sign of any debris and it recommended sweeping should continue until the runway can be repaired.

It also recommended the airport operators remove excess water from the runway after heavy rain.

An airline spokesperson said the carrier has daily meetings with the operator Airports Vanuatu Limited and Vanuatu's Civil Aviation Authority and is pleased with their swift response to increase precautionary measures.

The airline said it is sharing information with other carriers which have suspended operations without attending briefings or conducting independent inspections.