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Air Vanuatu unveils new Melb-Port Vila service

Vanuatu flag carrier returns to Tulla

Expanding its reach within Australia, Air Vanuatu has announced it will be launching a new non-stop service between Melbourne and Port Vila. 


Utilising the carrier’s B737-800, Air Vanuatu will fly three times weekly between the Victorian and Vanuatu capitals in what will be the only direct service linking the destinations. 


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Air Vanuatu managing director and CEO Derek Nice said the new service, which will commence on 18 June 2019, will be “particularly exciting for people living in Melbourne who have already discovered the wonders of Vanuatu and can’t wait to go back”.


“The arrival of this new route will be They can travel non-stop, on conveniently timed flights, giving them more time in our island paradise,” remarked Mr Nice.


“Subject to regulatory and government approval, we are also pleased to add code-sharing with Qantas on the new service.”


Onward flights (NF7) will depart Melbourne at 7am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and touch down in Port Vila at 12.30pm local time. 


Return journeys (NF8) will leave Port Vila at 4.15pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at Tullamarine at 8.15pm local time.   


“Adventure, in its many forms, is what Vanuatu does best. From the fire and fury of an active volcano to the vivid colours of tropical reefs; from vast swathes of untouched rainforest to incredible blue holes and the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore,” Vanuatu Tourism Office CEO Adela Issachar said.


“Now only 4 hours flight time from Melbourne, now is the time to get Vanuatu on your bucket list.”


Melbourne Airport aviation chief Simon Gandy said the hub was excited about the return of Air Vanuatu.


“This new direct service adds the exciting destination of Port Vila, Vanuatu, to our schedule allowing Melburnians to explore the capital city’s colourful mix of shops, restaurants, markets and beaches,” Mr Gandy remarked. 


“We know the South Pacific islands are popular with our travellers, so it’s great to introduce this non-stop flight on a full-service carrier, making the journey easier for people in both Melbourne and Port Vila.


For information or for bookings, visit or call 1300 780 737.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 29 January 2019

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