Plans to Upgrade Airport to Welcome Tourists in Bigger jets

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Post by Richard Butler | 1 Aug 2016 |

With the Airport Services now resumed at Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, plans are now proceeding increase it’s accessibility by improving the present services.  With the new services the Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport will be able to accommodate Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The upgrade of the airport was estimated to cost nearly $30 million by the World bank but airport experts reportedly told the government that the present 2600-metre long runway is adequate to serve the requirement for even larger jets. It is only needs a little modification with an additional requirement of 40mm bitumen.

With this relatively inexpensive upgrade Vanuatu Tourism moves up one step. By this time next year the work is expected to be complete.  It is hoped this will be irresistible to air operators from China and the long-awaited direct flights can commence.

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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