Air Vanuatu had to send its Boeing aircraft to Australia yesterday for a quick repair after a technical issue was identified.
The airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Laloyer, says the aircraft was sent to Australia after an urgent meeting also yesterday morning by the board of Air Vanuatu. He said the repair was done last night and the aircraft also returned the same night. “We are already back into normal service today,” Mr Laloyer said.
He said the aircraft returned early this morning and back to its cargo and repatriation flight to New Zealand.
One the issue of delayed flights for passengers stranded in Luganville, he assures the passengers that Air Vanuatu will resume its Santo flight tomorrow morning. “There have been some twin otter flights to move the people but the rest will be moved tomorrow morning.”
Mr Laloyer said it cannot operate the Boeing flight to Santo today because the airline must abide to COVID-19 protocols after an international flight.
After an international flight the aircraft has to be cleaned before it can operate the next day.
He said Air Vanuatu will be making its last repatriation flight early this month.
The Air Vanuatu CEO says the airline will be conducting private charter flights to Tonga , Samoa, and in Australia at Perth and Cairns.
He says ATR is returning from Cairns, Australia, this Friday and will resume flights next week.