95 percent of the repairs to Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport have been completed, with the final works for phase one scheduled to be finished in the coming weeks.
The New Zealand company contracted to oversee the repairs, Fulton Hogan, have said that due to unforeseen shipping challenges in Fiji there was a slight delay with the arrival of specialist cold mix asphalt.
Whilst this may cause a slight delay in the overall programme for the repair, all parties are continuing to work together to fast-track the delivery of materials to the runway and ensure the repairs are completed as soon as possible.
Fulton Hogan remains in constant communication with the Pacific Aviation Investment Programme; Vanuatu Project Management Unit; Airports Vanuatu Limited; and major airline operators to work out the best operational windows in order to complete the works without disrupting the passenger services.
Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) general manager, Linda Kalpoi said the airport is a hive of activity with the final works in full swing and nearing completion.
“Everyone has come together to resolve this issue as efficiently as possible,” Ms Kalpoi said.
“Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways, and Aircalin are continuing all scheduled flights as normal after conducting independent assessments confirming the runway to be safe, and we look forward to the return of Virgin Australia and the Qantas code-share services after they have conducted independent assessments following the completion of the works.”
VTO’s marketing team are currently busy preparing to launch Vanuatu’s biggest consumer marketing campaign to date, in May 2016.
Ms Kalpoi continued “we look forward to launching the campaign which we hope will entice Australian’s to book their next holiday in Vanuatu”.