Melbourne to Port Vila – Direct Air Services

Air Vanuatu is planning for the future with the introduction of new direct services from Melbourne to Port Vila which will commence on 19 June 2019. Determined to grow the tourism economy in Vanuatu, Air Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Tourism Office are thrilled to see these new services commence.

With 3 flights a week this provides plenty of choice and flexibility in packaging and a variety of short breaks and holiday options for those looking for a new holiday destination.

This really is a game changer for a growing holiday destination such as Vanuatu.

The Facts

  • 3 flights per week departing from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
  • Just over 4 hours flying time
  • Good same day connections with domestic ports in Vanuatu
  • Great opportunities for long weekends

This schedule shows a serious commitment to the market and great flight times and choice for those looking to travel from Melbourne to Port Vila on the hassle free direct services.

Commencing Tuesday the 18th of June 2019

NF 7 – Melbourne to Port Vila
Thursday Saturday
700 700 700
1230 1230 1230
 NF 8 – Port Vila to Melbourne
Wednesday Friday
1615 1615 1615
1930 1930 1930

This increased capacity will also mean updates to Air Vanuatu’s other services as follows:-
Other Australian Ports

  • There will be daily flights from Sydney through the peak season
  • There will be flights from Brisbane to Port Vila on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
  • Flight from Port Vila to Brisbane on Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
  • Ex-Brisbane to Santo: Tuesday (return same day)

New Zealand

  • There will be services per week from Auckland to Port Vila starting from w/c 16 June

Why Melbourne

Australia is Vanuatu’s largest source market providing approximately 55% of total visitation. In order to continue to grow Vanuatu’s market share from Australia increasing both capacity and departure points is critical.

Victorian’s already have a strong affiliation with Vanuatu with approximately 18% of visitors already originating in Victoria. Vanuatu has always enjoyed strong visitor satisfaction from Victorians, who enjoy the low key vibe of Vanuatu. Vanuatu is all about being outdoors and active and this appeals to Victorian’s when choosing a holiday destination. Vanuatu is all about engaging with the environment around you – people and place, this is what Vanuatu holiday memories are made of.

The flight times will also provide for excellent connections from both Tasmania and South Australia in additional to variety of long haul flight connections from Asia. While these markets are currently small the improved accessibility and increased marketing activity will see these markets grow from

The Benefits

  • 15% Increase in total number of seats from Australia, Vanuatu’s largest market
  • 3 flights a week will allow plenty of consumer choice and options for packaging and a variety of holidays or short break options to one of Australia closest international destinations

Why Vanuatu

Vanuatu offers you a more exciting way to relax on your next break. The simple truth is that adventure, in its many forms, is what Vanuatu does best. Vanuatu is a raw experience. It is a land of untouched wilderness, pristine oceans and rugged beauty. Fire erupts from the earth and ancient stories shape its way of life. The bumpy journey to uncover its treasures is often half the adventure.

Nature puts on one of the most spectacular shows on Earth in Vanuatu. From the fire and fury of an active volcano to the vivid colours of tropical reefs; from vast swathes of untouched rainforest to incredible blue holes and the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore, Vanuatu is a place that will have you updating your bucket list.

Like the Ni-Vanuatu people a trip to Vanuatu is, happy and informal with a sense of that cheeky spirit delivered with a big Ni-Vanuatu smile. Vanuatu calls you to get out and explore a place that is raw, edgy and liberating.

Kastom and culture forms Vanuatu’s identity. It’s why Ni-Vanuatu are present in the now. It’s why they are grounded & content. A cultural experience is on offer to any traveller. It can be felt in an interaction in a local food market or a visit to a Kava bar, right through to wandering through a village in a remote outer island.

While we could offer you a list of things to see and do, it is the Vanuatu moments that are created within you holiday that will stay with you and will be relayed by those who have been before. So we think you should choose your own adventure.

Vanuatu offers intimate experiences, close at hand. You will find yourself set free from some of the normal rules of everyday life that will make to you feel part of the Vanuatu way of life.

Vanuatu Highlights

  1.  Snorkelling and diving on meadows of unspoilt coral and swimming in the warm tropical waters
  2. Heading out with a Ni-Vanuatu Guide on the vast array of local tours and experiences – Ziplining, Jetboating, kayaking, bike riding, Stand up Paddle boards, Swimming with Dugongs and Turtles, or experiencing Kustom and Culture.
  3. Walking around the edge of an active volcano at Mount Yasur on Tanna Island
  4. Diving on the best preserved dive wreck the SS President Coolidge off Espiritu Santo
  5. Jumping into blue holes, waterfall pools and river with the local families and pikininis
  6. Strolling through the Mama’s markets and chatting about your choice of locally made handicrafts and understanding how their sale helps communities and families
  7. Exploring some of the most spectacular beaches in the world – Champagne Beach and Port Orly
  8. Visiting a local village or staying a locally owned Bungalow – these provide some of the most picturesque locations and be found across Vanuatu.
  9. Hitting the road on a self-guided tour around Efate
  10. Finishing the day with a Tusker, watching the sunset with your feet in the sand

Additional Information

  • Qantas have confirmed their code share from the launch flight subject to regulatory arrangements
  • A lunch fares of $649 return from Melbourne to Port Vila return is available for sale now and is valid from 17 June through to 31 December – Blackout period apply*Flights are loaded into the booking system and are available on the site as of today

Marketing Campaign

  • In partnership with Air Vanuatu and the Tourism Market Development Fund, the Vanuatu Tourism Office will be implementing a marketing campaign $450 000 AUD (40 000 000 vatu) marketing campaign to launch the flights
  • Today we have shared a release across all our media partners and stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand and are speaking directly to our key contacts and the travel trade
  • The campaign will include:-

o A series of trade and media famil programs
o Tactical campaigns with wholesalers and partners
o A content partnership with the Melbourne Age
o A series of sales calls and trade education in market
o A bus back campaign in conjunction with Melbourne airport
o Social media content boosting and reach into Melbourne

  • More information will be available to industry over the coming
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