Air Vanuatu launches direct Melbourne-Vanuatu flights with fares from $325

Posted: 5 February 2019 5:22 pm

Save more time for your vacation with these non-stop flights to Vanuatu starting June 2019.

The tropical islands of Vanuatu are now more accessible than ever with Air Vanuatu's new, non-stop service between Melbourne and Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila. Starting 18 June 2019, the full-service airline will operate three flights per week between the two cities.

Melbourne to Port Vila flights (NF7) will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7am arriving at 12:30pm local time with a flight time of just over four hours. Flights from Port Vila (NF8) will depart at 4:15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Melbourne at 8:15pm, with a flight time of just over five hours.

Currently, Melburnians have to connect through Sydney, Brisbane or Auckland to reach Port Vila but the new route cuts out over two hours of travel time. New flight times will allow you to fly in on Saturday morning and back Monday evening for a budget long weekend.

To get you even more excited about the new route, Air Vanuatu has a special price for travel between 18 June and 31 December, which includes some of the best months to visit Vanuatu.

One-way fares start from $325 with onward connections to Espiritu Santo and Tanna Island starting from $350 one way.

You'll need to be quick though, as the sale ends on 31 March. Book your next island escape by heading to Skyscanner to scoop up the best fares.

How cheap is cheap?

Rival airline, Virgin Australia's latest sale fares saw flights from Melbourne start at $579 return but these all included a stopover in Brisbane.

Using Skyscanner to compare current prices, we actually found flights with Air Vanuatu starting at $621 return, $104 cheaper than the next cheapest direct flight with Qantas.

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