Air New Zealand: “Domestic travel is still an option”

Air New Zealand is adjusting its domestic network with New Zealand now at Alert Level four.

The airline will operate a limited domestic schedule from 3 April to enable essential travel only and to keep air freight moving. Overall, domestic capacity will reduce by 95% from pre-COVID-19 levels.

Air New Zealand’s new domestic schedule:

Route Services Aircraft type
Auckland-Christchurch 3x return services Mon-Fri

1x return service Sat/Sun

A320
Auckland-Wellington 1x return service Mon-Sun A320
Wellington-Christchurch 2x return services Mon-Fri

1x return service Sat/Sun

Q300

ATR

Wellington-Nelson 1x return service Mon-Fri Q300
Christchurch-Dunedin 1x return service Mon

1x return service Fri

ATR

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer, said: “Domestic travel is still an option but is extremely limited while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4 and we have updated our schedule to reflect this. In the coming weeks we will be operating a limited number of flights a day using our A320 jet aircraft, as well as our ATR and Q300 turboprop aircraft.

Kiwis are respecting the Government’s essential travel only advice, however, we still ask customers to please check they qualify to travel under the essential services list before booking a ticket or going to the airport.”

Air New Zealand has also established a process whereby the airline will operate ad hoc domestic charter flights at the request of the New Zealand Government. These flights can be undertaken to all domestic airports within New Zealand within a matter of hours.

The airline has set up a dedicated COVID-19 information hub on its website and customers are encouraged to consult this in the first instance.

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