ID checks to clamp down on high number of fraudulent identity practices

Air Vanuatu will introduce compulsory ID checks on its domestic flights from February 1 2019.

The airline said they had endured several cases of adults traveling on children’s fares, a fraudulent act which had a negative impact on Air Vanuatu’s costs and revenue.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Derek Nice, said the airline had been notifying passengers at sales counters, via the media and online for several months now and is providing information on how to apply for free identification.

“Air Vanuatu will accept several forms of photo identification including the Vanuatu National ID card which is available free from the Civil Status Office. Other acceptable forms of photo ID include the VNPF card, Drivers’s Licence, Passport, Student card and official company ID cards,” says Nice.

Infants and children (up to 11 years) will also be required to show identification, the Civil Status Office will issue these.

Mr. Nice said he was aware some people in the outer islands would need time to obtain photo ID hence the long lead in time for implementation.

“It is worldwide standard in aviation for photo identification to be required to safety, security and revenue best practice. We hope this does not cause our passengers any inconvenience and we will assist as where required,” said Nice.

The new check-in requirement was announced by the airline in October last year in order for passengers to have sufficient time to arrange identification.

Air Vanuatu passengers flying from Port Vila, Santo and Tanna will be required to present a photo ID during check-in.

This new policy will eventually be enforced across the entire domestic network with the remaining ports requiring photo identification by the 1st of May this year.

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