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Express lane at Auckland Airport established to ease congestion
29 Nov 2022   /

Express lane at Auckland Airport established to ease congestion

Biosecurity New Zealand has established an express lane at Auckland International Airport to help reduce passenger congestion in the arrivals area.


Air NZ redeems $200m of Crown shares
29 Nov 2022  

Air NZ redeems $200m of Crown shares

Air New Zealand has redeemed the remaining $200m of redeemable shares on issue to the Crown.


Single-pilot cockpits “risk not worth taking” – NZALPA
28 Nov 2022  

Single-pilot cockpits “risk not worth taking” – NZALPA

A single pilot in the cockpit of passenger aircraft is a risk that is not worth taking, says the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association.


Golden Bay Air expands as tourism recovers
25 Nov 2022  

Golden Bay Air expands as tourism recovers

Golden Bay Air’s nine-passenger Britten Norman Islander aircraft is adding additional seat capacity on flights between Takaka, Karamea, Nelson, and Wellington.


Air NZ adds 200k more seats with new neos
24 Nov 2022  

Air NZ adds 200k more seats with new neos

Air New Zealand’s second specially configured domestic A321neo has landed in New Zealand.


Rotorua Airport signs MOU with iwi
23 Nov 2022   /

Rotorua Airport signs MOU with iwi

Rotorua Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ngāti Uenukukōpako Iwi Trust that aims to provide more cultural input and job opportunities for youth.


Air NZ rolls out gourmet food to regional lounges
22 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ rolls out gourmet food to regional lounges

Air New Zealand is bringing gourmet food to its regional lounges in response to customer feedback about the variety of choices compared to what is offered at larger ports.


Airport baggage handlers arrested for drugs smuggling
21 Nov 2022   /

Airport baggage handlers arrested for drugs smuggling

The men attempted to smuggle 4.6 kilograms of methamphetamine through New Zealand’s border.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…
18 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…

Queenstown Airport recorded 186,403 passenger movements in October 2022, up from 183,048 reported for the same month in pre-Covid 2019.


…while passenger numbers on the rise at Auckland Airport
18 Nov 2022   /

…while passenger numbers on the rise at Auckland Airport

Total passenger movements at Auckland Aiport increased to 1.29 million in October 2022, up from 1.18 million recorded for the preceding September.


Electric seaglider firm Ocean Flyer signs MetService MOU
18 Nov 2022  

Electric seaglider firm Ocean Flyer signs MetService MOU

The MOU will enable the gliders to utilise atmospheric and marine forecasts for operation.


Wellington Airport awards honour local community groups
18 Nov 2022   /

Wellington Airport awards honour local community groups

Seven community groups have received awards at the 2022 Wellington Airport’s Regional Community Awards.


Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly
16 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly

The carrier’s recovery comes as a rapid rebound in airline capacity is seen across Australia and NZ.


Face the camera: Air NZ backs biometric boarding passes…
16 Nov 2022   /

Face the camera: Air NZ backs biometric boarding passes…

The future of boarding passes could soon be written on passengers’ faces as Air New Zealand looks to digitise the process through biometric facial recognition technology.


…and urges travellers to prep for busy holiday travel period
16 Nov 2022  

…and urges travellers to prep for busy holiday travel period

Air New Zealand expects a surge of 2.8 million passengers over the summer and is encouraging Kiwis to take advantage to plan and arrive early for easier travelling.


Air Canada restarts Vancouver service – AIAL’s Tasker
14 Nov 2022   /

Air Canada restarts Vancouver service – AIAL’s Tasker

“Canadians have been a growing market for inbound travel,” said Tasker.


Air NZ faces Pacific shortfall as international capacity nears 80% of pre-Covid
11 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ faces Pacific shortfall as international capacity nears 80% of pre-Covid

The airline also says its New York service has been a “fantastic success” and could generate more than $65m in tourism activity in NZ.


AirAsia offers 7 million seats in airfare sale
8 Nov 2022  

AirAsia offers 7 million seats in airfare sale

AirAsia has launched an airfare ‘mega sale’ offering seven million seats discounted to destinations including Auckland.


Air NZ targets 2026 for first commercial zero emission demo flight
4 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ targets 2026 for first commercial zero emission demo flight

The airline unveils its Mission Next Generation Aircraft accelerator programme, which it says will help it achieve its green goals.


Air NZ’s first A321neo prepares for takeoff
4 Nov 2022  

Air NZ’s first A321neo prepares for takeoff

The first of Air New Zealand’s Airbus A321neo fleet has arrived in Auckland for its first flight between Auckland and Wellington from 8 November.


AirAsia X returns to NZ with $169 trans-Tasman special
3 Nov 2022  

AirAsia X returns to NZ with $169 trans-Tasman special

AirAsia X resumes its service between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, via Sydney, today with a $169 trans-Tasman special.


Proposed Tarras airport “social licence” scrutinised
3 Nov 2022   /

Proposed Tarras airport “social licence” scrutinised

Sustainable Tarras has released its third video in a series investigating the viability of a proposed international airport at Tarras.


Auckland Airport wins biosecurity award
3 Nov 2022   /

Auckland Airport wins biosecurity award

Auckland Airport’s efforts to create a biosecurity culture have been recognised with the GIA Industry Award at the 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.


Auckland Airport’s Cassels-Brown to depart
2 Nov 2022   /

Auckland Airport’s Cassels-Brown to depart

Auckland Airport’s general manager of operations Anna Cassels-Brown is leaving her role in January after seven years with the organisation.


Originair extends Nelson – Blenheim flight trial
2 Nov 2022  

Originair extends Nelson – Blenheim flight trial

OriginAir will continue flights from Nelson to Blenheim to cover the full seven-week closure of State Highway 6.


Air NZ restarts Chicago to fully restore  international ports
1 Nov 2022  

Air NZ restarts Chicago to fully restore international ports

Air New Zealand will have restored connections to all of its international ports once its Chicago non-stop service returns to action this week.


Virgin Australia returns to Queenstown
1 Nov 2022   /

Virgin Australia returns to Queenstown

The first Virgin Australia flights in 950 days will touch down in Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane tomorrow.


Hawke’s Bay Airport lifts revenue despite tough conditions
1 Nov 2022  

Hawke’s Bay Airport lifts revenue despite tough conditions

Hawke’s Bay Airport has posted revenue of $6.73m revenue for FY22, up slightly from last year, despite higher operating costs and the continued pressures from Covid on passenger numbers.


Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return
31 Oct 2022  

Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return

Wellington International Airport Limited has reported net profit after tax of $11m for the six months ended 30 September 2022, up from the $2.9m reported for the same period last year.


Air NZ to resume seasonal Bali flights in March…
31 Oct 2022  

Air NZ to resume seasonal Bali flights in March…

Air New Zealand is eyeing March 2023 for the return of its non-stop flights to Bali.


…wins passenger experience awards
31 Oct 2022   /

…wins passenger experience awards

The Airline Passenger Experience Association has named Air New Zealand the winner of the 2023 APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best Airline in the South Pacific and a 2023 APEX Five Star winner.


Volcanic Air goes into liquidation with $163k in liabilities
28 Oct 2022   /

Volcanic Air goes into liquidation with $163k in liabilities

Operators are among the creditors but the company has $147k in assets, including $132k in cash, according to the liquidators’ report.


Air NZ emissions increase 13% but remain down on pre-Covid levels
27 Oct 2022   /

Air NZ emissions increase 13% but remain down on pre-Covid levels

The airline’s emissions are rising again following two years of consecutive drops due to the pandemic’s impacts on aviation.


Originair trials Nelson – Blenheim flights
27 Oct 2022  

Originair trials Nelson – Blenheim flights

Originair is conducting a two-week trial of flights between Nelson and Blenheim while State Highway 6 remains closed for critical repair works.


Air NZ passenger numbers climb in Sept
26 Oct 2022  

Air NZ passenger numbers climb in Sept

Air New Zealand passenger numbers continue to rise steadily as they approach pre-Covid 2018 figures.


Trial of new NZ Traveller Declaration to start early 2023
25 Oct 2022   /

Trial of new NZ Traveller Declaration to start early 2023

The government will start piloting a revamped online New Zealand Traveller Declaration in early 2023, with a view to it replacing the paper arrival card by June next year.


Airfares to stabilise, fall around Q1 2023 – Flight Centre CEO
21 Oct 2022   /

Airfares to stabilise, fall around Q1 2023 – Flight Centre CEO

But they may remain relatively high while airlines grapple with capacity uncertainty, says Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner.


Air NZ sets interest rate for $100m bond offer
21 Oct 2022  

Air NZ sets interest rate for $100m bond offer

Air New Zealand has set an interest rate of 6.61% per annum for its 5.5-year $100m unsecured, unsubordinated, fixed-rate bond offer.


Auckland Airport lifts profit guidance on stronger rebound
20 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Airport lifts profit guidance on stronger rebound

The operator now expects a full recovery in passenger numbers in calendar 2024.


Wellington Airport ranked third worldwide for sustainability
20 Oct 2022   /

Wellington Airport ranked third worldwide for sustainability

Wellington Airport has been ranked third in the world for sustainability in the 2022 GRESB Infrastructure Asset Benchmark Report.


Pilots call for aviation security inquiry
19 Oct 2022   /

Pilots call for aviation security inquiry

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is demanding an independent inquiry into airport aviation security and the Civil Aviation Authority and the Aviation Security Service be split from each other.


Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals
19 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals

Christchurch and Hamburg Airports have embarked on a joint partnership to develop infrastructure for the use of green hydrogen in aviation for both ground vehicles and aircraft propulsion systems.


Air NZ reshuffles fare options on international services
19 Oct 2022  

Air NZ reshuffles fare options on international services

Air New Zealand is making changes to its Tahiti, Perth And Honolulu fare offerings, with the abolition of the seat and seat+bag options.


Auckland Airport preps retail bond offer
19 Oct 2022  

Auckland Airport preps retail bond offer

Auckland International Airport Limited is considering a fixed rate bonds offer, with maturity in May 2028, to New Zealand retail investors and institutional investors.


Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels
17 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels

The airport has surpassed pre-pandemic levels of activity with September 2022 the breakthrough month.


Air NZ opens $75m bond offer, can accept another $25m
17 Oct 2022  

Air NZ opens $75m bond offer, can accept another $25m

Air New Zealand Limited has launched a $75m bond offer with the ability to accept oversubscriptions of up to an additional $25m.


Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb
17 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb

September 2022 passenger movements at Auckland Airport reached 71% of the 2019 pre-Covid equivalent, buoyed by a rise in international and short-haul recovery.


Consumer NZ asks ComCom to investigate Jetstar
13 Oct 2022   /

Consumer NZ asks ComCom to investigate Jetstar

Consumer NZ is asking the Commerce Commission to investigate Jetstar for airline’s continued practices that mislead passengers about their rights.


Alpine Group to pay $379k over fatal Wānaka helicopter crash
12 Oct 2022   /

Alpine Group to pay $379k over fatal Wānaka helicopter crash

The operator has been ordered to pay a $315,000 fine and $64,000 in legal costs over the 18 October 2018 helicopter crash that left three people dead.


Rental car kiosk opens at Nelson Airport
12 Oct 2022   /

Rental car kiosk opens at Nelson Airport

A new rental car kiosk has opened at Nelson Airport today, replacing the former portacabins.