There are three international airports in Vanuatu:
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:
Bauerfield, Port Vila
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
-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
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.
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
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:
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
- 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.
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:
GrossMax wt (kg)
Fly to all islands
PV to Santo
PV to Tanna
PV to Norsup Tanna to PV
Tanna to Santo
Pat Byrne - General Manager
Medical evac capability
Robinson R44 Clipper ll
600 (120 knots)
450 (120 knots)
400 (100 knots)
00 881 6 314 50545
00 881 6 224 33055
00 881 6 314 48861
(5hrs flying time)
(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
plus med staff
phone TBA following approvals.
The runways vary in size and surface. Most islands are BN2 islander/twin otter capable only. although others may handle an ATR.
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.
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