International and domestic flights in
The only way to reach Vanuatu islands is via international and
domestic flights. All international flights come to Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, which is the gateway to
Located nearby is also Port Vila's domestic airport, which offers
flights to some of Vanuatu islands. These are used for popular island hopping tours and other domestic charter flights.
Operating jointly (coach service) with Vanuatu's own international airline, Air
Australia's Qantas offers regular flights to Vanuatu from Brisbane, Sydney and
There are several international airlines offering direct flights to
The local international airline, operating jointly with Qantas from Australia, provides return flights in and
out of Port Vila, via Australia, New Zealand, Noumea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
The Fijian international airline provides return flights in and out of Port Vila, via Fiji onward to
Australia, New Zealand, Tongatapu, Tahiti, Honiara, USA and Canada.
New Caledonian international airline provides return flights in and out of Port Vila via Noumea onward to
France, and Japan.
Pacific Blue– the Virgin international airline provides return flights in and out of Port Vila via
Australia and New Zealand.
The domestic airlines and charters offer the following
Vanair– Vanuatu's domestic airline flies to 29 destinations on 18 islands throughout the
island archipelago, from the northern most islands to those in the far south. In Seprember 2004 it merged
with Air Vanuatu, which now also operates domestically.
Unity Airlines– established in 2003 by Tony Dreamer, an Australian living in Vanuatu since 1973, offers
scenic flights throughout Vanuatu. It's been now operating for 12 years and classes itself as Vanuatu's
premier volcao tour operator. It uses twin engine planes.
Bauerfield International Airport
Window view from a taxiing plane of Port Vila's international airport
at Bauerfield International Airport, which serves the entire Vanuatu islands
Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport is the main gateway to
Vanuatu. The airport’s international terminal building was constructed 12 years ago with the assistance from the
Government of Japan.
In 2003 the airport started undergoing renovations, which lasted 3
years. The works were completed in July 2005. Over 17 million Euros have
been invested in upgrading of the aviation infrastructure. These funds were made available in a mixed package of
aid grants and soft loans from Australia, the EU, France, New Zealand, the UK and the Vanuatu
The Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) has won the international
recognition through Airports Council International (ACI) for communications, coming equal fourth with Taiwan in a
recent competition between the 1,500 airports which are members of ACI.
The Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has also approved the
arrangements for construction of a new international terminal building at Pekoa Airport in Luganville, on Santo
island, with the financial assistance from France.