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Whanganui Midweek - 2021-11-24

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New Covid-19 rules come into effect in for travel

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Travelling with Air Chathams is going to look a little different from mid-December as they advise customers of their new Covid-19 travel requirements. In line with other airlines in New Zealand, Air Chathams will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for all travellers using their service. This policy will be introduced as soon as New Zealand moves to the new Covid-19 protection framework. Customers will be expected to travel with a physical or digital copy of their Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates (CVCs). If customers do not have a CVC they must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test from at least 72 hours prior to departure. Air Chathams recognise that passengers departing the Chatham Islands may have difficulty in ascertaining proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours due to the isolation of the Chathams. For these circumstances only, Air Chathams will accept proof of a negative Covid-19 test from seven days prior to departure. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a committed team that have assisted us through this very difficult time,” says Air Chathams chief executive Craig Emeny. “One hundred per cent of our permanent staff have had at least one dose of the Pfizer Biontech vaccine and our family business is tracking to have a fully vaccinated workforce very soon.” Air Chathams is a company that was built on the foundation of supporting a remote, isolated island community to further develop into the thriving economy we see before us today. Through grit and determination, they have been able to expand their services throughout other small regional towns to grow as a domestic New Zealand airline. “Air Chathams primary focus now is on the recovery of our North Island regional services,” says Craig. “Tied to that is the need to keep our customers safe on Air Chathams flights and take all necessary steps to ensure the continuity of those services irrespective of regional alert level settings.” Air Chathams will have updates and information available on their website regarding implementation timelines and Covid-19 requirements. For further information please contact Air Chathams marketing & sales manager Rebecca Jones Em rebecca. jones@airchathams.co. nz Mob 021 790 287

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