Vanuatu is on a halting comeback trail.
Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport (named after WWII Guadalcanal Battle US Marine pilot and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient Harold W. Bauer) had Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand flights suspended earlier this year. Air New Zealand has not resumed flights since emergency runway repairs. Virgin Australia resumed in May, then suspended again for a week in August and as of August 9 has again resumed flights. Air Vanuatu and Fiji Airways have operated throughout. With its namesake history it would be a good story for the US to help complete long-term repairs.
Vanuatu impressed me on a short visit as a cosmopolitan Pacific outpost from its pre-independence joint British-French rule. There is wide variety of activities from beaches to coffee plantations. Large cruise ships call on Vanuatu which provides for more tourist infrastructure than most Pacific islands. It is a good starter Pacific island for families that even with reduced flights, is relatively accessible.