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Media Release: AVL Update 9 June 2020

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) wishes to update all stakeholders on its Media Policy.

AVL Media Policy

AVL wishes to update all airport stakeholders that a formal Media Policy has been adopted, to clarify the situation regarding taking still or video photography within the perimeter of AVL’s airports.

The primary function of AVL’s airports is to provide facilities for the safe, secure and efficient movement of passengers, staff, freight and aircraft. Airports are secure, restricted environments bound by multiple jurisdictions of agencies operating in the airport, including Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Police. Specific international security policies and standards apply to airports worldwide, which mean photography is restricted, and in some cases expressly forbidden, in certain areas.

AVL is committed to working closely with those wishing to film on airport Against this background, AVL wishes to work closely with commercial organisations and private persons wishing to use the airport for filming and photography activities, and today launches a formal Media Policy to clarify the circumstances under which filming and photography can take place at AVL’s airports.


Responsibility for permission to film or take photographs at AVL’s airports rests with AVL’s General Manager Operations. Locations where photography is not possible Still or video images are not permitted to be taken in the areas of AVL’s airports where security screening, customs or immigration operate, or on the apron of the airfield. These policies are global policies mandated by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and implemented in Vanuatu under the direction of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV), and the Civil Aviation Act. AVL’s Aviation Security staff are tasked with implementing these policies, to ensure no photography takes place in these specific, secure locations. Locations where photography is permitted Photography is permitted in all other locations within the terminals and outside the front of the terminals, such as the footpath and car park. There is no restriction on photography on land outside the airport perimeter fence. Respecting the privacy of individuals, regardless of location Anyone taking still or video images of airport users is requested to be respectful of the privacy of private individuals, those working on airport, and airport operators. AVL’s Media Policy stipulates individuals should not be identifiable unless the photographer has express permission. Apology to the Vanuatu Daily Post

During the recent repatriation flights, an AVL Aviation Security official mistakenly requested a Daily Post photographer delete photographs taken from outside the airport perimeter. AVL instigated a review of the incident and identified an error had been made. AVL apologises to the photographer and the Daily Post.

Kevin Abel, General Manager Operations of AVL commented, “Regrettably our staff member got it wrong on the day. We have apologised and in reviewing the incident identified that there was room for improvement on our side. We commit to implementing a formal Media Policy, to clarify the situation for our staff, the media and the public, supported by additional training of staff. We recognise that AVL’s airports are often the location of significant media interest and we are committed to working with the media in future to satisfy the public appetite for news. We have implemented a procedure whereby we can make images available to the media for publication”. 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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