Bauerfield International Airport is the largest airport in Vanuatu.
Airport Location and Contact
Province or District
Port Vila, Efate, Shefa Province.
Nearest Town or City
Airport’s Complete Name
Elevation (ft and m)
Managing Company or Airport Authority
Airports Vanuatu Limited
Management Contact Person
General Manager Operations | AVL Head Office
Airports Vanuatu Limited| Bauerfield International Airport
PO Box 131, Port Vila, Vanuatu, SW Pacific
EXT: 125 | Tel (+678) 25111 | Mobile: (+678) 5547402
Open From (hours)
First scheduled flight of the day
Open To (hours)
Last scheduled flight of the day.
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: Website of Azfreight on Bauerfield International Airport
Contact details for Airport Companies can be found at:
Bauerfield and Pekoa International Airports accommodate more than 190,000 international passengers and over 106,000 domestic passengers annually.
Freight volume has increased with the commencement of Air Cargo Carriers in 2009 resulting in over 1,100 tons of freight annually.
There are seven airlines operating scheduled flights and connecting Vanuatu to five countries within the South West Pacific region.
The runway is in need of resurfacing. A project is underway, funded by the World Bank, to increase the strength of the runway surface, and make larger turning nodes and parking space.
2,600 m x 45 m
Bauerfield airport can currently handle aircraft 737 to 767 aircraft, and has parking space for one aircraft only.
The surface strength will be upgraded to accommodate wide body jets. Bigger turning nodes will be developed and the apron increased to park three aircraft. This will enable direct flights from Asian aircraft of 787, and airbus 350 capacity.
Largest Helicopter that can Land
Width and Length (m)
One helipad parking spot at each airport shared with fixed wing parking space. There will be three parking spaces in Port Vila after the upgrade.
There is ample grass space on the opposite side of the runway for helipad landings if required.
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refueling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax Transport to Airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo
Boeing 767, or C17 with weight restrictions
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet
Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)
Space for one aircraft only but will be increased to three by end of 2018.
Storage Area (m3 and MT)
Elevators / Hi Loaders
Max Capacity (mt)
See the Vanuatu Aviation cover page for information on fees and charges.
Customs and Biosecurity offices are located in the airport precinct area, along with a Biosecurity treatment area.
For more information on customs in Vanuatu, please see the following link:
Warehouse 1,000 m²: Bonded Warehouse, Heated Storage, Air-Conditioned Storage, Refrigerated Storage, Deep Freeze Storage, Mortuary, Animal Quarantine, Livestock Handling, Dangerous Goods, Radioactive Goods, Large or Heavy Cargo, Express Courier Centre.
During TC Pam a large 32 x10m MSU was constructed in the carport area. DHL, the cargo logistics handler at the airport, was contracted to manage this temporary warehouse. This was quite successful and should be considered for future large- scale disasters.
Fuel services are not readily available for unscheduled flights. It is important for disaster response aircraft to order fuel supplies several days in advance in Vanuatu.
Price per 200 Litre drum
AVL provides storage for airlines to put in fuel drums. 44 gallon drums of AVGAS, JET A1.
Prior arrangement must be made with the fuel company to order fuel. PPC has reserves for AV only.
Request must be made in advance for any other aircraft at the airport. e.g. C17 must make a request a week in advance of fuel needs
Security issues are low in Vanuatu. The security at the airport is good and includes fenced areas and security guards.