Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) is optimistic about Vanuatu opening up for safe travel bubble opportunities, despite the COVID-19 State of Emergency extension to mid-2021.
AVL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jason Rakau, said AVL is working closely with partners from the Access Transport and Tourism Taskforce which includes the national airline, Vanuatu Tourism Office and other government ministries, particularly health to realize the initiative.
The Ministry of Health has been taking the lead on proving guidance on opening up international travel with low-risk countries like New Caledonia while managing the risks, he said.
Rolling out safe travel bubble opportunities will help AVL grow business, said the AVL CEO.
According to the Chairman of the AVL Board, Iaken Kiero, international flights are the main driver of the AVL cash flow.
International flights have not resumed yet since the onset of the global health pandemic.
This has financially impacted AVL, forcing it to reduce its workforce.
AVL, as a state-owned enterprise has recently received financial support of Vt250 million from the government to maintain operation during the crisis.