Component A: International Airport Infrastructure Investments. The component will invest in international aviation infrastructure to meet and maintain minimum ICAO safety and security standards. The focus is on international airports, including: (i) rehabilitation and/or resurfacing of airport runway, apron and taxiway pavements at Bauerfield International Airport; (ii) extension of the apron area at Bauerfield International Airport; (iii) construction of new taxiways and widening of the existing taxiway at Bauerfield International Airport; (iv) upgrading/installation of airport runway lighting and cabling at Bauerfield, Pekoa and Whitegrass International Airports, and approach lighting at Bauerfield International Airport; (v) construction of a new domestic terminal, and demolition of the existing domestic terminal, at Bauerfield International Airport; (vi) provision of air traffic control equipment at Bauerfield and Pekoa International Airports; (vii) provision and installation of aviation navigation aids; (viii) provision and installation of weather monitoring equipment at Bauerfield and Whitegrass International Airports; (ix) upgrading of communications equipment and systems; (x) provision and installation of ‘Very Small Aperture Terminal’ (VSAT) communications systems at Bauerfield, Pekoa, and Whitegrass International Airports; (xi) provision of equipment for improved power supply for Bauerfield and Whitegrass International Airports; (xii) provision and/or upgrading of fire safety equipment, including fire tender vehicles, and a fire tender shelter at Bauerfield and Whitegrass International Airports; (xiii) provision of safety and security equipment, including x-ray machines for passenger baggage and cargo screening, at Bauerfield, Pekoa and Whitegrass International Airports; and, (xiv) provision of design and supervision consulting services required for implementation of the infrastructure investments.
Component B: Aviation Sector Reform and Training. This component will help strengthen the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV), Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) and other line ministries’ technical capacity through targeted technical assistance to strengthen institutional capacity and dedicated training. Specific activities include: (i) development of an Aviation Sector Strategy; (ii) provision of advisory services to assist the CAAV to: (a) review and update Vanuatu’s legislative framework applicable to the aviation sector; (b) address national and international regulatory requirements for the aviation sector; and (c) implement the Aviation Sector Strategy; (iii) provision of advisory services to assist MIPU with its management and oversight of Vanuatu’s aviation sector; and, (iv) training for capacity-building.
Component C: Strengthening Airport Operations and Management Capacity. This component will strengthen AVL’s airport operations and management capacity through: (i) development of an Airport Master Plan; (ii) provision of technical assistance to improve the planning, financial viability, efficiency, safety and security of airport operations; and, (iii) training on aviation policy, operations and management.
Component D: Emergency Reconstruction. During project preparation Tropical Cyclone Pam (TC Pam) devastated Vanuatu, including damage to all three international airports. Damage assessments are still underway. This component is to provide support to the GoV with emergency reconstruction activities (yet to be identified) in the form of goods and works.
Component E: Project Support. This component covers: (i) project management, advisory and administrative support for VPMU and AVL; (ii) costs for the support services provided to the VPMU and AVL by the TFSU; (iii) incremental operating costs of the VPMU and TFSU; (iv) VSAT subscription costs; and, (v) project financial audits.