Statement regarding Bauerfield Airport Issue no.2

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY:

Air Vanuatu senior management, captains and compliance officers have been holding daily meetings with Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) and Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) and remain satisfied the condition of the runway is safe to continue jet operations at present.

Our flight captains have the final say should the extra safety measures in place, including daily mechanical 'sweeping' of the runway, not meet our standards. This week we have had one flight delayed due to the sweeping not meeting the approval of our operating captain.

We will continue to demand daily sweeping and runway inspections and will not depart if our operating crew and compliance officers are not satisfied.

Air Vanuatu operates under a safety first policy at all times and will continue to do so.Should conditions deteriorate before the planned upgrade of the runway commences, we will review services to Port Vila.

Media inquiries:Tiffany Carroll telephone Vanuatu +678 7747153, Australia +61417512233 or tcarroll@airvanuatu.vu