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That was all good and well until January when Qantas, Air New Zealand and, later, Virgin Australia, suspended flights and to Vanuatu over a dispute on safety of the runway in Port Vila. This extended to their codeshare agreements, see Qantas statement. Qantas’ website still shows earn miles for Air Vanuatu, however the airline and country has otherwise mostly been scrubbed from the website.
I called up Qantas to see if I could book and award on Air Vanuatu for Noumea, New Caledonia to Port Vila and they came back with the codeshare suspension.
The brinkmanship continues. In post yesterday on the blog Plane Talking, Vanuatu is arguing the runway is safe.
I shall soon find out!