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Media Release: COVID-19 Update 21 March 2020

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) today wishes to update all stakeholders on short-term airport operations, in light of recent updates from the national COVID-19 Taskforce and Air Vanuatu. Jason Rakau, CEO of AVL said, “These are unprecedented times in global aviation and we anticipate significant challenges for air services in the short term. Through that time the Board and Management of AVL are committed to meeting these challenges head on, supporting our staff, our partners and stakeholders and jointly working in the national interest of the Republic of Vanuatu”. “Our guiding principles through this crisis are prioritising the health and welfare of our staff and the compliant, safe and secure operations of our airports for our airport communities”. Air Services Update

International: Air Vanuatu announcement Air Vanuatu advised earlier today that scheduled international services will cease, following the operation of a final flight on Wednesday 25 March to and from Auckland, New Zealand, carrying citizens and residents back to their home countries. Air Vanuatu will be working closely with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) for any further air service requirements overseas. International Other Carriers AVL continues to maintain close contact with our international airline partners, who advise us that they are amending their schedule plans on a daily basis. Virgin Australia and Air Calin have confirmed the suspension of their services. The remaining carriers are reviewing their operations subject to border control restrictions and repatriation needs. At this stage AVL considers it unlikely direct international services will operate beyond mid-week. Domestic Services Our valued domestic airline partners continue to operate domestic services. Air Vanuatu has advised scheduled services will be maintained and subject to review. Operational Impacts Domestically, all AVL airports will continue to work closely with all our valued domestic airline partners to operate safe and secure services. AVL’s Management is reviewing airport hours of operation accordingly. Internationally, at Port Vila Airport, AVL’s Management is reviewing a contingency plan on the usage of the international terminal while international air services are temporarily suspended. Kevin Abel, General Manager of Operations for AVL said, “We encourage all users of our airports to follow the published advice on measures to protect their health through the COVID-19 crisis, including practicing frequent hand washing and social distancing. Further, we encourage those people who are collecting or dropping off travellers to not enter the terminal building and make their greeting or farewell in the pick-up or drop off zones. We advise any passengers with specific queries regarding air travel to contact their airline or travel agent”. 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.


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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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