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Air Vanuatu is an airline based in Vanuatu and is the country's flag carrier. Air Vanuatu flies to many destinations including Craig Cove, Lamap, Norsup, Paama, South West Bay, Longana, Naone, Redcliffe, Anatom, Aniwa, Auckland, Brisbane, Honiara, Luganville, Nadi, Melbourne, Noumea, Port Vila, Suva and Sydney. Air Vanuatu has codeshare agreements with Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Qantas.


The airline operates flights to Australia, New Zealand and many points within South Pacific.

Air Vanuatu allows passengers to see the outer islands of Vanuatu with Air Vanauatuc, our flights to /from Santo and Tanna Island are operated by ATR72-500 aircraft. All flights to / from Noumea (New Caledonia) and Fiji are operated by ATR 72-500 aircraft which each have 69 seats.




Air Vanuatu entitles passengers in:

Business Class to 30kg checked luggage and 23kgs, 2 pieces of cabin luggage 

Economy Class to 23kgs on International flights and 1 piece of cabin luggage 

For passengers originating in Vanuatu, the allowance is 10kg and for passengers travelling to and from Australia, New Zealand using an Air Vanuatu or Qantas International Flights, travelling on ATR-72 operated flights only 23kgs apply.

For passengers travelling from or to Australia or New Zealand, using any other international flight 10kgs applies.



Frequent Flyer Program

Air Vanuatu offers Qantas Frequent Flyers the opportunity to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points on any Air Vanuatu operated service, booked with an Air Vanuatu flight number.

Passengers may also book reward flights on Air Vanuatu; reservations for these must be made directly with Qantas.The Qantas Frequent Flyer offers frequent travellers a range of benefits and the more you fly with Air Vanuatu and other airline partners, the more points you will be able to earn.




18th May 2018

Air Vanuatu contemplate expanding B737 fleet

CEO and Managing Director of Air Vanuatu has revealed the airline is thinking about growing out its B737 fleet next year. Initial ideas include dry-leasing either a B737-800 or a B737-700 on a contract of at least five years for mid-2019. Joseph Laloyer has said that the jet would expand Air Vanuatu's network, increasing the amout of times that they fly existing routes, while also looking to fly to new routes in Australia and the surrounding area.


The airlines fleet currently consists of one existing B737-800, one ATR72-500, one ATR72-600, three DHC-6-300s, and two Islander aircrafts. With the new B737, Laloyer highlighted Melbourne Tullamarine as a potential destination they will look to fly to. 


9th May 2018

Air Vanuatu jet deemed safe to fly after volcanic ash appears in atmosphere

National flag carrier of Vanuatu, Air Vanuatu, have announced that they will restart operations to Longana airport (LOD) after they stopped services due to the presence of volcanic ash in the air around the area.


CEO Joseph Laloyer stated, "The airline's non-turboprop aircraft, the Islander, has been deemed safe to fly to Logana by our flight operations, engineering and safety systems departments, subject to daily ash reports from the island." 


However, the carrier will temporarily stop using he DH6-6-300 turopoprop aircraft on flights to Longana until they are certain that the jet is safe to fly.



21st February 2018

Founder of Air Vanuatu attempts to set up new airline

Four months ago, Bill Ravel, a New Caledonia-based businessman lodged an application to set up a new airline, called Islands, to compete against Air Tahiti. The new company has told Tahiti-infos that it has received no official reply and now wants the court to formalise the apparent rejection. It also said that there was no legal obstacle to be issued a license. Mr Ravel, who founded Air Calin and Air Vanuatu, wants to use Embraer aircraft to fly to the territory's five archipelagos, undercutting Air Tahiti's fares by 15 to 20 percent. He also said the plan was also to fly to the Cook Islands twice a week and to Samoa three times a week. Last year, transport minister Luc Faatau said he feared the new airline would only fly to the most lucrative destinations, such as Bora Bora. He said additional taxes may then have to be levied to sustain unprofitable flights operated by Air Tahiti to many of the 40 smaller islands.


16th June 2017

Air Vanuatu has appointed as the exclusive cargo general sales agent Global Airline Management company ACP Worldwide. 

With effect from July 1st 2017, the leading independent airline management organization in the Australia and New Zealand region will provide resources to cover all sales, marketing, reservations, customer service and import functions for the national flag carrier of the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu based in Port Vila. 

Air Vanuatu operates an invaluable freight link around the islands of Vanuatu and between: Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji. Air Vanuatu have been managing their own cargo sales representation in the region for the past few years and have high expectations of ACP Worldwide with the aim of enhancing their distribution and sales activity throughout the territory.


18th May 2017

Air Vanuatu has announced the redumption of a codeshare partnership with Qantas on Port Villa flights starting 15th June. Previoud codeshare between the 2 airlines were suspended in January 2016. This was due to concerns from Qantas over the condition of the runway at Port Vila's Bauerfield airport.

Air Vanuatu currently operates services from Sydney to Port Vila 4 x Weekly using B737-800 aircraft. The airline offers an additional service via Brisbane Internaitonal 3 x Weekly.


April 2017

Air Vanatu announced it had signed a code share agremeent with Air Niugini

Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu have successfully implemented a code share agreement, which will see both carriers enjoying increased traffic between the two nations and beyond. Air Niugini will be operating Boeing 737 aircraft for this service. It operates twice weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday to Port Vila via Honiara, and returns the next day (Wednesday and Friday). In a codeshare agreement, both airlines participate in selling seats on an aircraft, one as an operating carrier and the other sells as the marketing carrier.

Under this arrangement, Air Niugini is the operating carrier and Air Vanuatu as the marketing carrier is now able to place its “NF” code on all Air Niugini flights operating between Port Moresby and Port Vila, Vanuatu. This includes the intermediate sector between Honiara, Solomon Islands and Port Vila. The codeshare agreement also allows passengers in both markets to make seamless connections and to have a wider choice through fares and tickets than currently available.

November 2016

South Pacific carrier Air Vanuatu has begun operations with the ATR 72-600 twin turboprop

The airline already has two earlier-generation ATR 72-500s on strength and has operated the type since 2004.

The new aircraft, in a 70-seat configuration, will operate both domestic services in the Vanuatu archipelago 1,750km/945nm east of Australia, as well as to other islands in the region including Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. The carrier said the aircraft’s 120-minute ETOPS certification substantially increased its operational versatility among the region’s widely spaced territories.


July 2016

Solomon Airlines went into a codeshare agreement with Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu to provide operation linking all three destinations

The new service will operate from Port Moresby to Honiara on Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ex-Honiara the codeshare service will operate from Honiara to Port Moresby on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The codeshare also extends to a weekly Honiara-Port Vila-Honiara service into Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila, operating ex-Honiara on Tuesdays and returning to Honiara on Wednesdays.


June 2016

Air Vanuatu said it has resumed its codeshare arrangement with Qantas, but only for flights between Brisbane and Santo

The codeshare was suspended in January after Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia suspended services to Port Vila over the condition of the airport runway there. Air Vanuatu continued to operate flights, but the Australian airline suspended its codeshare arrangement.

Air Vanuatu said the Qantas codeshare will resume for weekly flights to Santo immediately, and it is working to revive the codeshare for Port Vila, the main international gateway, soon.


September 2016

Air Vanuatu took delivery of an additional Twin Otter aircraft to join its domestic fleet

The aircraft will be on long-term lease from Capstone Aviation PTE Ltd.









Route Map 



Popular Routes


Santo    Port Villa


Banks    Torres 


Aniwa    Tanna


Melbourne    Port Vila


Honiara    Santo


Noumea   Port Vila


The Fleet


ATR 72-500









Boeing 737-800






Harbin Y-12


Boeing 737–800 YJ-AV1





Bauerfield International Airport

HUB Airport


Bauerfield International Airport is an airport located in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The airport serves as the hub for Vanuatu's flag carrier airline, Air Vanuatu. Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Aircalin, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Fiji Airways and Solomon Airlines. The airport has one runaway. 





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Air Vanuatu is the National Airline of Vanuatu based in the Capital city of Port Vila and this year celebrated is 30th anniversary having been established in 1981. As well as operating many inter-island domestic flights this growing, imaginative carrier also have an increasing number of international routes within its network. With a mission to connect the nation's widespread communities with each other and to help bring in tourists to these wonderful islands, Air Vanuatu is a stylish way to get to, from and between the 83 islands that make up this colourful nation. Air Vanuatu Flights Air Vanuatu operates both international and domestic scheduled services from its home base at the national capital, Port Vila. Internationally it operates regular services to Auckland, Brisbane, Auckland, Nouméa and Sydney. Domestic destinations include Anatom, Aniwa, Craig Cove, Dillon’s Bay, Emaé, Futuna, Gaua, Ipota, Lamap, Lamen Bay, Longana, Lonorore, Luganville, Maewo, Mota Lava, Norsup, Olpoi, Paama, Port Vila, Redcliffe, Sara, Sola, South West Bay, Tanna, Tongoa, Torres, Ulei, Valesdir, Walaha. Air Vanuatu today operates a new next generation Boeing 737-800 on its international services to and from Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. On domestic flights passengers can enjoy flying on one of three new Y-12 aircraft or an ATR - 72 regional aircraft, all of which offer a high levels of comfort. The ATR-72 carries up to 69 passengers and operates to the Islands of Espiritu Santo and Tanna Island plus some regional South West Pacific destinations. Air Vanuatu Flights to Port Vila The republic of Vanuatu has less people than Iceland but has 113 recorded different languages. An hour’s flight from Port Vila is Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santu that is a diving mecca because of the world famous wreck, the SS President Coolidge. This 22,000-ton luxury liner converted to troop ship sank fully laden during the war, just a few metres off the beach. This is a truly magic place and Air Vanuatu is a truly magic way to arrive ! Air Vanuatu operates four aircraft fleet consisting of 1 Boeing 737-300, 1 ATR 42-300 and 2 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. Between Vanuatu and Australia, Air Vanuatu operates a two class service with Business class passengers enjoying upgraded meals and free champagne throughout the flight. Highlights of a stay in Vanuatu include spell binding natural sights including rugged coastlines and rolling verdant countryside, fast flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, isolated sandy bays and bluer than blue lagoons. The island of Tanna is best known as the home to one of Vanuatu's most popular tourist attractions, the Mount Yasur volcano where you can walk right to the rim of this fiery volcano. Considered one of the world's most accessible volcanos, Mt Yasur is just a one hour drive from Tanna's White Grass Airport, served by Air Vanuatu,followed by a short 10 minute walk to the crater rim. Air Vanuatu is now available on the Alternative Airlines price and availability display with instant flight confirmation and ticketing. Air Vanuatu's route network is growing monthly so please check on-line for the latest flight, availability and competitive prices. Vanuatu, as a destination, is one of the must-see countries of the world and was ranked sixth on the Lonely Planet's list of the Top Ten Countries 2011 in the annual publication titled Best in Travel 2011. Air Vanuatu now provides convenient, cost effective air travel to all parts of this amazing country. Book your flights on Trip through Alternative Airlines.

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