Vanuatu losing $1m a week over airport saga

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vanuatu_bauerfieldThe chair of Airports Vanuatu says the ongoing runway saga at the country’s main international airport is costing the country a million dollars a week.

In January, Air New Zealand withdrew its services to Port Vila and Qantas pulled out of a codeshare arrangement over concerns about the safety of the runway there.

The government sought a World Bank loan, and short-term repairs were carried out in May, which were designed to last 12 months while a longer term solution was sought.

But last week work had to be carried out again after staff spotted a gap opening up in part of the runway.

Virgin Australia subsequently halted services, but they resumed again on Sunday after the airline’s experts gave the runway the all-clear.

Bakoa Kaltongga said full flights are worth about 300 thousand dollars in spending to the local economy. READ MORE


SOURCE: RADIO NZ

 

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