Air Vanuatu files for bankruptcy protection after canceling all international flights

Air Vanuatu, the national carrier of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has filed for bankruptcy protection after canceling all of its international flights due to the ongoing global pandemic.

The airline, which has been struggling financially for some time, made the difficult decision to cancel all of its international flights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted the global aviation industry. With borders closed and travel restrictions in place, Air Vanuatu was left with no choice but to ground its fleet and suspend all international operations.

The decision to file for bankruptcy protection was not taken lightly by the airline’s management, but it was seen as necessary in order to protect the company’s assets and restructure its debts. The move will allow Air Vanuatu to continue operating its domestic flights and provide essential services to the people of Vanuatu while it works on a plan to re-emerge from bankruptcy in a stronger position.

Air Vanuatu’s CEO, Derek Nice, expressed regret over the airline’s financial situation but remained hopeful about its future prospects. “This is a challenging time for the aviation industry, but we are committed to finding a way forward for Air Vanuatu,” Nice said in a statement. “We are working closely with our stakeholders to develop a plan that will allow us to continue serving our customers and contributing to the economic development of Vanuatu.”

The government of Vanuatu has pledged its support for Air Vanuatu during this difficult time, recognizing the importance of the airline to the country’s economy and tourism industry. Prime Minister Bob Loughman assured the public that the government would work closely with the airline to ensure its survival and eventual recovery.

Despite the challenges facing Air Vanuatu, there is hope that the airline will be able to overcome its financial difficulties and emerge from bankruptcy protection as a stronger and more sustainable company. With the support of its stakeholders and the government of Vanuatu, Air Vanuatu is determined to weather the storm and continue providing essential air services to the people of Vanuatu and visitors to the beautiful island nation.

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