Travelling to Vanuatu just got a whole lot easier for Melburnians with Air Vanuatu launching its new non-stop service between Melbourne and Port Vila today.

The new route is the only direct service between the two cities.

Managing Director and CEO of Air Vanuatu Derek Nice said he was thrilled to see the new service in operation.

“Vanuatu is now just one short flight away for Melburnians. We are delighted to connect Australia and our island paradise in an even greater capacity and allow travellers more time to explore the wonders of Vanuatu,” he said.


Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation David Hall said the service is a big win for not only Victorian travellers, but holidaymakers in Tasmania and Adelaide who use Melbourne as a hub to reach overseas destinations.

The route is serviced by Air Vanuatu’s Boeing 737-800 with eight Business Class seats and 162 Economy seats.

The flight will depart Melbourne at 07.00 (local time) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Port Vila at 12.30 (local time) with a flight time of just over four hours.


Port Vila is a hub for greater Vanuatu, with Air Vanuatu providing onward connections to 28 destinations across the island archipelago.

The return leg from Port Vila will depart at 16.15 (local time) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Melbourne at 20.15 (local time), with a flight time of just over five hours.

Air Vanuatu’s Business Class passengers also have access to luxury Melbourne Airport lounge The House, after the airline announced a new partnership in May 2019.


Premium passengers travelling to Port Vila have access to a-la-carte dining, full waiter service, an extensive wine list, showers and stunning airport views ahead of their flight.


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