Air Vanuatu media release Wednesday 20th June 2018: Today Santo will welcome its second weekly international flight thanks to Air Vanuatu’s leased Boeing 737.

Additional flights announced in January will operate during peak seasons from now until January 2020.

The additional aircraft will operate new services between Brisbane and Santo and Vila on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from today.

“Leasing this aircraft allows our own 737 to increase services to Sydney and Auckland,” chief executive officer Joseph Laloyer said.

“From today and during peak seasons, we will be operating daily flights to Sydney and four flights a week to Auckland. We expect the additional capacity to make a significant boost to tourism in Vanuatu,” he said.

Today’s flight from Brisbane to Santo is a significant achievement for the airline which has invested heavily in the northern port.

The Santo tourism community welcomed the additional flights to Santo.

Dave Cross of Espiritu Santo Tourism Association said the new flexibility of short or longer-term visits will appeal to travellers and the tourism community would work with the VTO and Air Vanuatu to promote the additional flights.