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SCAA Annual Report 2020                                                                SCAA Annual Report 2020

 Chairman & CEO’s Report  Key Achievements
               Although it has been a year dominated by the financial impact of COVID-19, we haven’t lost sight of other critical
               programs that contributes towards our success, particularly in the areas of safety and airport operations. We are
               proud to highlight some of our notable achievements. SCAA successfully relocated and modernized its Emergency
 gainst  the  backdrop  of  an  excellent  business  year  for  SCAA,   Operations Centre (EOC). We now have a fully equipped central command and control facility where the principles of
 where Seychelles  International  Airport,  celebrated record   emergency preparedness and emergency management can effectively and efficiently be carried out.
 passenger numbers, it  would have been impossible to foresee
 the challenges 2020  would bring.  The unexpected COVID-19   In line with new health measures and guidelines, the Airport Management team coordinated the implementation of
 Apandemic, with its subsequent border closures and collapse in   all the necessary physical modifications and additions to the Terminal facilities, as well as adjustment of procedures
 travel, delivered a crisis of unprecedented magnitude and created havoc   and processes at both landside and airside were implemented which successfully allowed for the resumption of
 for the global aviation industry. SCAA has not been spared from the crisis,   international commercial operations.
 making 2020 the most challenging year in its history.
               The Aviation Security Division have also successfully introduced a centralized Airport Permit Office on the concourse
 Traffic and Financial Snapshot  of the Seychelles International Airport. The office is fully staffed and provides for a more conducive work environment,
 2020 kicked off on a good note, where we recorded an increase in passenger   as well as being more accommodating to its customers.
 arrivals for the months of January and February over 2019 figures, by 11%
 and 3% respectively. We were on track to achieve another year of excellent   Despite the downturn in passengers and landings, and re-arrangement of manpower as per their business continuity
 traffic and business performance. In March, International passenger   plan, The Air Navigation Services (ANS) continued to perform and maintained continuity and availability of Air Traffic
 arrivals quickly plunged by 49% at Seychelles International Airport (SIA) and   Services (ATS), Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) and Search And Rescue (SAR) services at all times. The ANS’
 domestic passenger traffic also declined by 43% over the same period last   dynamic team also placed tremendous efforts and progressed in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) Modernization
 year.         Project, successfully closing the tender and signing project contract for Recorder, HF and VCCS.

 Similarly, as was the case for the majority of countries, in a bid to keep the   Although COVID-19 abruptly slowed the projected progress of the Safety & Security Regulation department, the focus
 virus at bay, we had to close our borders from April to July for international   to beef up internal human resources capacity and expertise was not over looked. During 2020 they championed
 scheduled operations, only allowing repatriation and cargo flights  to   the oversight function, and worked tirelessly and closely with local operators in ensuring adherence to regulatory
 continue. For the first time ever, traffic at SIA airport was at a standstill and   standards and recommended practices in line with the new normal. The SSR team is looking forward to the renewal
 this contributed to the drastic decline in passenger throughput recorded at   of vital operations that will allow them to effectively and consistently implement their safety oversight requirements,
 year end, by 67%, from 1.2 million to 401,663. Aircraft movements dropped by   and to improve their Effective Implementation (EI) ratings in the upcoming ICAO audits.
 53%, with a total of 19,923 landings, while total cargo throughput fell by 41%
 to 6451 tonnes. The sharp reversal of traffic growth was felt across all the   We also note the added value brought about by SCAA’s engagement in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme
 airport business community, from aviation to retail and car-hire operators   for International Aviation (CORSIA). In August 2020, SCAA submitted to ICAO its very first CO2 emissions report as
 and inevitably created a deep dent in our revenues. SCAA closed the financial   part of its Monitoring, Verification and Reporting requirement. We are positive that this will showcase our efforts to
 year 2020, with a total revenue of SCR269.4 million, 47% below previous year. Total expenditure (including depreciation)   increasing awareness about the impact of the industry on the environment.
 amounted to SR 317.9 million, resulting in a total net loss, (after depreciation and business tax) of SR33.89m.
               To strengthen its corporate performance management, SCAA developed a Strategic and Reporting Planning
 Our Strategic Response  framework that ensures consistent planning and reporting and also ensures that SCAA complies with all its external
 Under the leadership of our Board and Management Team, SCAA’s immediate strategic response to the crisis was guided   planning and reporting obligations.
 by the following principles: ‘protect our people’, ‘no compromise to safety and security’, ‘Safeguard our connectivity
 and boost confidence in the travelling public’ and ‘maintain our financial sustainability’. Alongside these principles, we   Outlook
 were also guided by public health and ICAO guidelines and recommendations. The strategies implemented allowed   Our organisation is well on its way to finalize its 5-year Strategic Plan, a crucial document that will highlight its
 SCAA to continue functioning and effectively maintain business continuity at our airports.   reform strategies and direct its focus and resources, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic also provided
               prospect for SCAA to expand its financing options for critical capital projects and was further guided by its Board to
 Some of the key actions that were taken were as follows: we developed a comprehensive ‘COVID-19 Guidelines &   put forward a solid Investment Plan. The Investment Plan will tackle infrastructure projects that addresses volume
 Standard Operating Procedures’ to keep our people, passengers and visitors safe whilst at SIA and Praslin airport; we   constraints and identified safety and security risks as well as business continuity risk in the next 5 years. We remain
 significantly reduced our operating expenses and capital expenditure through implementation of various cost cutting   conscious that the road to recovery will be a long and hard one, but we are hopeful and look optimistically to the
 measures and capping our critical capital expenditures at SCR 58 million; we also extended financial relief measures   future. The aviation industry has always shown resilience and we are confident that as borders begin to re-open
 to the airline operators, concessionaires and other business tenants. SCAA also actively participated and contributed   across the globe, international travel will resume and connections to SIA will be established. It is certain that roll out
 to high level national discussions on the country’s COVID-19 response and recovery measures, alongside the Ministry   of COVID-19 vaccines will be the foundation upon which the industry’s recovery is built, but equally, the measures
 of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Health and other key stakeholders.   SCAA have taken throughout 2020, financially and operationally, put us in a strong position to manage through until
               that time.
 Overall, the cost cutting strategies and other measures implemented had a direct impact on the achievement of
 planned activities and projects for the year which also undeniably dampened staff morale and affected performance   To conclude, on behalf of the Board and management team, we would like to thank our hard-working people for their
 targets.  However, we are proud to say that despite the setbacks, we were able to safeguard our staff salaries and   incredible efforts, bravery and solidarity in 2020, and also thank our stakeholders and shareholder for their ongoing
 retain 100% of our workforce, undeniably our greatest asset.   support.

 Creating a COVID Safe Environment for Our People   Let us remain strong and united as we see our industry through these tumultuous times.
 As we navigated the crisis, at all times, we maintained focus on the importance of the health and safety of our frontline
 workers, while maintaining critical airport functions. With the support of our Health & Safety Unit, education sessions
 and health measures rolled out across all our offices and the terminals in line with international standards. Close
 attention was given to cleaning and hygiene, staff protection and physical layout. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizers
 were made available  to all staff and airport  workers. SCAA also implemented strict  temperature screenings and
 contact tracing measures at specific offices and gate access points. In line with national guidelines, non-operational
 staff were also allowed to work from home as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of transmission.  Mr. Garry Albert  Mr. Suketu Patel
                                                                 Chief Executive Officer           Chairman

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