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There are three international airports in Vanuatu:

  • Port Vila: Bauerfield Airport
  • Santo: Pekoa Airport
  • Tanna: Whitegrass Airport

Key airport information may be found at: http://worldaerodata.com/

Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) is the agency responsible for managing the three internationally accredited airports in Vanuatu on the islands of Efate, Santo and Tanna. It is important to note that although Whitegrass airport in Tanna is an international airport, there are no fuel stores there. Planes must go back via Efate for refuelling.

Further information on the Vanuatu Aviation contact details can be found on the following links:

4.1 Vanuatu Government Contact List

4.5 Vanuatu Airport Company Contact List

Logistics Cluster Vanuatu Transport Contact Details and Fleet Information


Airport

Bauerfield, Port Vila

Pekoa, Santo

Whitegrass, Tanna

Regulations

Civil Aviation Rule Parts 139/140 and ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices are in compliance at all times

Civil Aviation Rule parts 139/140/171/172 are in compliance at all times

Civil Aviation Rule part 139 is in compliance at all times

Aircraft capacity

-Can facilitate aircraft 737 to 767.

-Can receive military C17 on load restriction

-Runway upgrades to be complete late 2018 will accommodate airbus 350 and 787.

- Can facilitate aircraft types up to Boeing 737-300

- Can receive B737-800 series and larger military aircrafts on load restrictions.

-WG runway can facilitate aircraft types up to ATR 42 series

-Can receive ATR 72 series and larger military aircrafts (C130) on load restrictions

Operations

Operation ensures terminal performs its function by utilizing two operational units, (House Keeping, and  Customer Service) and  covers oversight on Security via the services of Aviation Security. Fire category 7.

ARFFS shift on CAT 6 , Technical Services, Flight Information Service, AVSEC and Housekeeping unit.

WG Airport operates a ARFFS shift on CAT 4 and Housekeeping unit.

 

All other national land strips are managed by the Public Works Department within the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities.

 

Vanuatu Airports

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

For an aircraft intending to stay and operate in Vanuatu one month or more, registration is required from Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu:

Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works Utilities

Tel.: +678 22819

Fax: +678 23783

Email: civav@vanuatu.com.vu

Website: www.airports.vu

For emergency medivacs aircraft arriving a 24-hour notification must be provided to AVL for landing approval.

For aircrafts coming to assist with disasters a 72-hour notice of arrival is required for flight approval to AVL. The absolute minimum is 24 hours. This applies to military aircrafts, maritime patrol aircrafts, cargo planes delivering relief supplies, and dignitaries.

Flight approval requests forms, processes and charges can be found on the AVL website. http://www.airports.vu

Operator aircraft requesting non scheduled landing approvals can be sent to the following email addresses at the AVL Flight Approval Office. 

The Flight Approval Office will require the following information:

-        aircraft type/registration

-        aircraft call sign

-        aircraft operator

-        departure aerodrome

-        estimated time of departure and date

-        estimated time of arrival and date

-        onward flight route from Vila, departure and date

-        purpose of flight: tourism/business, private, technical stop, humanitarian assistance, etc.

It is advisable to arrange a ground handling agent to be responsible for organising and coordinating aircraft arrival and departure times, apron marshalling, organising customs, immigration, biosecurity, and payment of fees. There are two ground handling services in Vanuatu:

Charges (March 2016)

Aerodrome charges for international flights:

-        CAT 1 (aircraft <20,000kg) 385vt/1000kg

-        CAT 2 (aircraft 20,001- 60,000kg) 533.3vt/1000kg

-        CAT 3 (over 60,0001kg) 803vt/1000kg

Flight approval fee: 5,000vt

Landing charges outside daylight hours: 16,500vt

Air navigation service charge 50vt/ 1000kg.

ATS service beyond published hours of watch 20,000vt

Parking of aircraft

-        First 12hrs free

-        12-48hrs: 14% of the standard landing fee/hr

-        >48hrs: 2000vt/day

Other charges: Ground handling and border control services.

Method of payment: all charges payable on arrival and before departure of the aircraft are to be paid by the pilot in command to the ground handler or authorised AVL officer at the airport, unless by prior arrangement.

Domestic Airport Network 

 

Airports Vanuatu Limited manage the three International Airports located in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna.

All domestic airports are managed by the Public Works Department.  Agents may be appointed by Public Works to maintain the airstrips. 

There are several other domestic services that operate on schedule and by charter. These can be found in the table below:

Operator

Model

Pax

Payload (Kg)

GrossMax wt (kg)

 Rates Vt

Contact

Air Vanuatu

Fly to all islands

Charter flights

Domestic freight

PV to Santo

PV to Tanna

PV to Norsup Tanna to PV

Tanna to Santo

 

 

 

131/kg

 118/kg

107/kg

131/kg

Passenger

20200

Pat Byrne - General Manager

712 0179

Cargo

PORT VILA

22308

domestic.cargo@airvanuatu.com

SANTO

37565

cargo.pekoa@airvanuatu.com

Air Taxi

BN2A Islander

9

750

 

 95,000/ hr

Meliana

5544206

info@airtaxivanuatu.com

Cessna 207

6

600

 

 

Cessna 206

5

500

 

 

Cessna 206

5

500

 

 

Unity Airlines

Piper Chieftan

9

850

 

 

Tony

24475

7744475
unity-airlines@vanuatu.com.vu

BN2A Islander

8

650

 

80,000/ hr

BN2A Trilsander

9

1300

 

 

Bel Air

BN2 Islander

9

650

 

 

Norma

29983

5551290

7741753

airways@belair.vu

Air Safari

GA8 Airvan

8

?

 

 

Matthew

Nastasia

7745207

5545207

7745206

5545206

flights@airsafaris.vu

Vanuatu Helicopter

 

 

AS350BA Squirrel

Medical evac capability

 

Robinson R66

 

 

 

Robinson R44 Clipper ll


 

 

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

 

3

 

 

600 (120 knots)

 

450 (120 knots)

 

 

400 (100 knots)

 

 

2100

 

 

1225

 

 

1134

 

 

157,500/hr

 

 

 

 

 

135,000vt/hr

Andy

25022

77 44106

772 4354

Sat phone

00 881 6 314 50545

00 881 6 224 33055

00 881 6 314 48861

info@vanuatuhelicopters.com

andy@vanuatuhelicopters.com

 

http://www.vanuatuhelicopters.com/vanuatu-robinson-R44-robinson-R66-__I.7373

 

Air Melanesiae

(charter)

BN2 Islander

 

 

 

Aztec

9

 

 

 

5

650

(5hrs flying time)

 

 

+678 7112388

Medivac Private

(awaiting CAA and AMA final approval -July 2017)

Standby Dr’s and nurses based in Vila

State of the art Medical equipped aircraft with machines downloading vitals to Australian hostpitals

2 patients

plus med staff

 

 

 

Atu Finau

atu@inflighter.com.au

phone TBA following approvals.

Runways

The runways vary in size and surface. Most islands are BN2 islander/twin otter capable only. although others may handle an ATR.

Infrastructure

Most airstrips do not have lighting, air traffic control/navigation aids, firefighting equipment or perimeter fencing. It is land by sight only, so bad weather may prevent landings.

Air Vanuatu provides ground handling and a check in agent for its flights.

The terminal building is nothing more than a shed with a set of scales and a small baggage trolley in most locations.

Fuel Services Charges

Refuelling services are only available in Port Vila and Santo. All aircraft must carry enough fuel to return to these locations to refuel. The Air Vanuatu Domestic flight routes depicts that all services start and finish in either Santo or Port Vila.

 

Price per 200 Litre drum

Jet A-1

40,070vt/ 200L

Avgas

48,455vt/ 200L