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  • Vanuatu

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application 

from Qantas requesting an allocation of 1,798 seats of passenger capacity per week on the Vanuatu route. The capacity will be utilised by Qantas and its wholly-owned subsidiary Jetstar Airways Pty Limited (Jetstar).  It is planned that from August 2024, Qantas will operate services utilising a combination of Boeing 737 aircraft configured with 174 seats and Embraer E190 aircraft configured with 97 seats. During periods of peak demand, Qantas will operate up to 5 services per week. From October 2024, Jetstar plans to operate up to 4 weekly services using Airbus A321 NEO aircraft configured with 232 seats.

Qantas has requested the capacity on the following basis:

  • the allocation is requested for a period of five years from the date of the determination;
  • the capacity will be fully utilised by 31 December 2024;
  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas, Jetstar or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas; and
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas.

Invitation for other applications

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications for capacity on the route.

The closing date for making an application is 5 June 2024. If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Director of the Commission, by email (at, as soon as possible.

Update: 19-June-2024

On 18 June 2024, the Commission issued Determination [2024] IASC 117 allocating to Qantas 1,798 seats of passenger capacity per week on the Vanuatu route, subject to certain conditions.