GSL Aviation

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Our finance enabled us to support more tourism businesses like GSL Aviation get back on their feet. 

Aus Air Charter (trading as GSL Aviation) is an Airlie Beach-based flight operator. The business offers scenic flights around the Whitsundays, Cairns, and the Great Barrier Reef. It also operates charter flights in Cape York and the Torres Strait.

The impact of COVID-19 meant the scenic flight arm of the business lost their international tourist customer base. “Overnight, we've gone from 80% of our customers being international tourists to 100% domestic tourists,” said Trent Brown, Director of GSL Aviation.

The downturn in overseas customers, and the fact that many travel agents were unable to pay for tours already completed, put pressure on their cashflow.

GSL Aviation previously received support from us to finance the building of a marine vessel for their international tour operations. “The terms Export Finance Australia provided for us to build the boat worked really well for us,” said Trent. “It wouldn't have happened at all without their support.”

Our positive relationship encouraged GSL Aviation to approach us again for support through COVID-19. They needed finance to get their operations running again - focusing on the domestic market.

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Supporting tourism businesses through COVID-19

Our Queensland Business Development team, Adam Pearce and Jana Walker, worked with Trent to assess their working capital requirements. They helped him apply for finance through our COVID-19 Export Capital Facility, which enabled us to assist previously profitable businesses in sectors like tourism to keep operating.

“Everyone we dealt with at Export Finance Australia wanted us to succeed and gave us clear guidance on the information we needed to provide,” said Trent. “As soon as they received our application, they assessed it quickly.”

Our $1 million loan to GSL Aviation has helped the business pay their creditors and retain staff so they could tailor their offering to attract domestic customers.

“The funding from Export Finance Australia helped us get up and running very quickly, and not having to worry about dealing with creditors has really reduced our workload,” Trent said.

Like other businesses in the tourism sector, GSL Aviation is facing a rocky road to recovery. But with our help, they could keep operating through these uncertain times.

“Export Finance Australia has been a big help to our business,” Trent said. “I'd definitely recommend them.”

“The funding from Export Finance Australia helped us get up and running very quickly, and not having to worry about dealing with creditors has really reduced our workload." Trent Brown, Director, GSL Aviation.