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Virgin to Vanuatu from next week

Air Vanuatu will also up flights from 1 June in line with peak season

With the first phase of rehabilitation at Bauerfield Airport complete, Vanuatu Tourism Office and the country’s tourism industry have welcomed the announcement that Virgin Australia will be flying back to Port Vila from 23 May 2016.


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A spokesperson for the carrier said the airline will recommence its three times weekly services from Brisbane to Vanuatu after it conducted an inspection of the runway.


VTO says Virgin’s decision to return to the island nation comes as the country moves into a “new, exciting era of tourism”, which includes a new marketing campaign.


“Virgin Australia re-joins other airlines already flying to Vanuatu including Air Vanuatu, AirCalin and Fiji Airways at an exciting and pivotal time for tourism in Vanuatu,” VTO general manager Linda Kalpoi said.


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“This increased flight capacity into Vanuatu coincides beautifully with newly increased hotel capacity as a number of key hotels re-open their doors including the newly renovated Iririki Island Resort & Spa and Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, offering more places for visitors to lay their heads.”


With the South Pacific nation’s peak season just around the corner, Air Vanuatu has also announced increased weekly flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland commencing 1 June 2016.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 May 2016

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