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Air NZ may resume flights to Vanuatu

NZN 21/06/2016 Edwin Mitson

Air New Zealand is willing to begin charter flight operations to Port Vila in Vanuatu following temporary repairs to the runway at Bauerfield.

In an e-mailed statement, it repeated its view that it would only resume a scheduled service once a permanent solution to issues with the runway was "fully funded, designed to a satisfactory standard and contracted to a competent contractor".

In January, Air New Zealand announced its was cancelling flights to Port Vila due to the state of the runway. Virgin Australia also cancelled its services, but has since resumed flights following the completion of the temporary repairs.

The temporary work to restore the runway is only expected to hold for between a year and eighteen months.

Air New Zealand added that it was encouraged by the progress being made towards securing a permanent solution following recent meetings with the Vanuatu Government and the government's Airports Taskforce.

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