Air Vanuatu to launch A220-300 ops in early 3Q20

Richard Butler | Exclusive By Ch-Aviation | March 3rd, 2020

Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila) has announced that from April 2020, it will be building a northern domestic hub in Espiritu Santo with enhanced connectivity to the Torba, Penama and Malampa provinces of the South Pacific archipelago. The airline will also establish an MRO base at the airport.

“We hope to see more non-stop flights and better connections to and from the islands of the northern provinces,” Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “This means our customers will soon see shorter journey times and fewer disruptions.” In time the airline plans to open a crew base in Espirito Santo and it hopes to make the airport a major hub for its operations.

“We welcome the national airline’s announcement and look forward to supporting the airline in developing Santo Airport as another domestic hub,” said Jason Rakau, Chief Executive Officer, Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL). “This new domestic hub will enable our northern provinces to get better access to the benefits associated with aviation and we look forward to seeing an increase in aviation.