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Thursday 9 May 2024

Another airline bites the dust

Heading to Vanuatu over the next few days?

Hold your horses.

Air Vanuatu has cancelled all flights to and from Australia and New Zealand and reportedly gone into administration.

Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Last month, a former Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities reported that Air Vanuatu was facing a serious situation of bankruptcy.

Brisbane Airport said it was aware that Air Vanuatu would not operate flights on Thursday and Friday, and advised passengers scheduled to fly with the airline not to travel to the airport.

The Vanuatu Tourism Office later said it was aware of reports the airline had entered voluntary administration.

"We are conscious of the impact this situation has on travellers, ticket holders and the industry and on behalf of the Vanuatu tourism industry extend our apologies to anyone affected," the tourism organisation said in a statement.

"We are in contact with Air Vanuatu and the Vanuatu government and will share updates as they become available."

Port Vila-based Air Vanuatu has been in business for over 40 years and has fleet of six aircraft.
The Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper reported that the airline board has been disbanded and that Ernst & Young had taken over as administrators.

The airline website said only: "Due extended maintenance requirements on our Aircraft the following services listed below are impacted. We are working with our partner carriers to minimise the disruption to our guests."

It showed all flights over the next three days to and from Australia and New Zealand as "cancelled".   

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