Aircalin and Air Vanuatu have just a signed a new codeshare agreement, allowing the two carriers to offer a combined six flights a week between Noumea and Port Vila.
Effective for travel from 1 January 2018, the deal aims to strengthen regional cooperation between New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Travellers will be able to buy Air Vanuatu tickets and travel on a flight operated by Aircalin (and vice-versa) from 1 November 2017.
All flights between Port Vila and Noumea will share the airlines’ respective flight codes.
A new schedule will see Aircalin operate flights to Port Vila on Friday and Sunday afternoons, and Air Vanuatu fly on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, as well as Sundays during January.
Predicted to grow demand for both carriers during peak periods, the agreement will ensure better connectivity to/from outer ports in Vanuatu, especially to Santo and Tanna.
“I am delighted about the signing of the agreement between both airlines, it is a step forward in strengthening the regional cooperation between New Caledonia and Vanuatu,” Aircalin managing director Didier Tappero said.
“This partnership also offers our valued corporate clients and customers as well as tour operators more flexibility and choice whilst deciding on their itineraries.”
Air Vanuatu managing director Joseph Laloyer said the pact would allow “more possibilities to our clients”.
“In Vanuatu, we expect a growth in demand, not only to/from the three main destinations such as Port-Vila, Santo and Tanna, but also towards the outer islands with a growing tourism potential.”
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