The government of the Pacific island state of Vanuatu has fired the entire board of directors of Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila).

Quoting a shareholders decision document, The Vanuatu Post reports the terminations were effected on August 29, 2017, and with Prime Minister Charlot Salwai's consent.

No reason was given for the blanket removal.

Wholly-owned by the Ni-Vanuatu government, Air Vanuatu has been undergoing a restructuring of its operations and finances since early 2016. Funding for the plan has come via a VUV423 million vatu (USD3.8 million) soft loan secured from government.

At present, the carrier operates one ATR72-500, one ATR72-600, one B737-800, three DHC-6-300s and Islanders on scheduled passenger flights throughout the Vanuatu archipelago as well as international services to Australia, New Zealand and points in the South Pacific.