Update on Airport Issues
The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)acknowledged the work currently being done at the Bauerfield international airport runway. The damage to the runway and the refusal of a few airlines to land at the airport caused a lot of businesses to suffer. However now that several airlines apart from Air New Zealand began flying into Port Vila again, tourist numbers are rising again. There are a few New Zealand experts that are currently on the ground examining the drainage system along the runway. They will be providing views on how appropriate to upgrade the drainage system to ensure the runway when renovated will last longer. The World Bank and the Vanuatu Government will be signing a contract this year to enable the full renovation of the runway to begin early next year, 2017. When the renovation works on the runway kicks off early next year, there may be a few disruptions to flight schedules however the Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) will be in consultation with the airlines and other stakeholders concern to minimize any flight disruptions to ensure normal flights continue. Air New Zealand has yet to confirm a date when it will resume its flights into Port Vila. There are ongoing discussions that the Bauerfield and Pekoa international airports will be upgraded to Code E to gather for larger aircrafts or long hauls while the Whitegrass airport in Tanna will be upgraded to Code C.