Media Release 16 July 2021: Vaccination Update and June 2021 results

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) wishes to provide an update to our stakeholders on our operations in May 2021.

AVL’s support for Vanuatu’s Vaccination Programme

AVL’s staff based in Port Vila Airport have taken up the cause of Covid-19 vaccination. Jason Rakau, CEO of AVL commented, “At present AVL has not made it compulsory for our staff to be vaccinated, although we do intend to do so. In the interim, our staff have led the way for our nation by voluntarily choosing to be vaccinated. Those who are yet to be vaccinated due to various reasons are currently restricted from working on the front-line. AVL supports the Vaccination Programme and encourages all residents of Vanuatu to be vaccinated, as vaccination becomes available to them through the Vaccine Rollout Programme. I personally feel strongly that given the nature of our business and our responsibility as a company to safeguard and protect our staff and our nation, all Ni-Vanuatu should be vaccinated”.

AVL Workforce Vaccination Programme

AVL’s staff vaccination rates are impressive, with 87% of Port Vila Airport staff (including all members of the senior management team and Board of Directors) having voluntarily received their first dose of the vaccine.

Rowland Kalsong, Group Head of Operations commented, “The Vaccination Programme will be rolled out to Tanna and Santo in the upcoming months and we anticipate our staff there will be equally passionate to receive the vaccine and through vaccination, embrace the opportunity for our borders to reopen. I have personally enjoyed seeing the pride in our staff on their social media posts, as they pose for their vaccination photos. It speaks volumes of the AVL culture and our core values, including Lead As One”.

June 2021’s passenger results

AVL notes that since the domestic air travel market restarted last year, our “New Normal” market has stabilised. Domestic air travel in June 2021 was up 22% on June 2020, although it is still 48% down on June 2019, when markets and borders were fully open.

  • Domestic passenger movements for June are 22% up on the same month last year, reflecting the initial period when the borders first closed, and domestic travel was opened up, following the initial suspension.

  • International air travel continues to operate in a limited capacity under the direction of the National Disaster Management Office. Just over 1,900 international passenger movements were processed in June 2021.


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: Web: Address: PO Box 131, Port Vila, Vanuatu, SW Pacific