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Statement regarding Bauerfield Airport

Saturday 23 January 2016: Air Vanuatu's chief executive officer, shareholder' representatives, senior management and pilots met with Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) and Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu (CAAV) today to implement a plan to continue jet operations at Bauerfield Airport.

The national carrier said several extra safety precautions are now in place until permanent repair at the aerodrome begins.

The safety measures imposed by Air Vanuatu require daily 'sweeping' of the runway plus regular inspections prior to and after take-off; new obstacle and runway surveys and 200m of runway to be marked for urgent repair.

Air Vanuatu said these measures would ensure in the short-term, jet operations could continue in to Bauerfield.

ATR services are not affected and will continue as normal.

Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll - tel +678 7747153 or tcarroll@airvanuatu.vu