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Media Release 12 February 2021: January 2021 update

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) wishes to provide an update to our stakeholders on our January operations.

AVL’s workforce reduction programme completed AVL’s business plan for 2021 focuses on sustaining the business in this period of reduced flying and therefore reduced aeronautical revenue. The resulting workforce reduction programme was completed during January, with 65 staff sadly leaving the organisation.


Jason Rakau, CEO of AVL commented, “We did not take the decision to downsize the workforce lightly. Myself, the Executive Team and the Board endeavoured to act in an ethically and morally responsible way and took advice as to how best to work through this process to offer every respect to our team. We engaged with staff, offered them options to select voluntary redundancy or unpaid leave. Every individual had an exit interview and received support in considering alternative employment and financial advice, in achieving the best results for their family from their redundancy payments. Over the past two weeks I have thanked everyone involved for their services and commitment. AVL held kava ceremonies at each of our airports for all staff, to farewell those who left. We value their friendship and their contribution. They will be missed and we wish them well in their future endeavours”.



January's 2021 passenger results

  • Domestic passenger movements for January are down 35% on a year ago. Overall the upward trend in domestic movements has continued, reflecting the welcome return of Air Vanuatu’s ATR aircraft to the fleet.



  • International air travel continues to operate in a limited capacity under the direction of the National Disaster Management Office, to repatriation and cargo flights. International passenger movements for January are down 96% on a year ago.



Kevin Abel, General Manager Operations commented, “As March approaches, we acknowledge it will be a year since international borders closed, which no one would have expected at the time. January is typically one of our best performing international months, and with the vast majority of international travel suspended, our entire business is impacted. While the positive trend in our domestic passenger movements is great, total passenger throughput is down 65% on January 2020. AVL’s business plan focuses on ensuring our infrastructure and facilities remain compliant and our operations are safe, as domestic flights continue and limited international services transport seasonal workers departing Vanuatu”.

Ends

About Airports Vanuatu Ltd AVL is the proud owner and operator of three airports, in Port Vila, and on the islands of Santo and Tanna. AVL’s airports and our airline partners work together to facilitate safe, secure and reliable air access for international visitors to travel to and from our island paradise and for ni-Vanuatu to work and play, flying domestically and to the rest of the world.


Media contact For further information, please contact Jason Rakau, Chief Executive Officer of AVL. Tel: 25111 or International Direct Dial +678 25111 Email: jrakau@airports.vu Web: www.airports.vu Address: PO Box 131, Port Vila, Vanuatu, SW Pacific

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