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Air NZ transports 700+ RSE workers from Samoa
1 Mar 2021   /

Air NZ transports 700+ RSE workers from Samoa

Air New Zealand has flown more than 700 workers from Samoa for the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme.


Cash burn rate key for Air NZ as Covid crisis continues
26 Feb 2021  

Cash burn rate key for Air NZ as Covid crisis continues

“Compared to most of our global peers, we are in a very fortunate position,” said chief executive Greg Foran.


Air NZ posts 1H net loss of $72m, suffers “huge” cash burn
25 Feb 2021  

Air NZ posts 1H net loss of $72m, suffers “huge” cash burn

Operating revenue dropped 59% to $1.2bn as border closures continued to hurt the flagship carrier’s operations.


500 visa approvals would save pilot training industry – Aviation NZ
25 Feb 2021   /

500 visa approvals would save pilot training industry – Aviation NZ

Almost 500 international pilot students have been waiting to get to New Zealand since March 2020, according to a survey by Aviation NZ.


CAA bans some Boeing 777s from NZ skies
25 Feb 2021  

CAA bans some Boeing 777s from NZ skies

The Civil Aviation Authority will temporarily ban Boeing 777’s equipped with a Pratt and Whitney 4000 series engine from entering New Zealand skies.


Air NZ secures government travel contract
25 Feb 2021  

Air NZ secures government travel contract

Air New Zealand says it has reached an agreement to continue supplying air travel services to New Zealand government agencies for a further two years from 1 March 2021.


Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy
23 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy

CEO Malcolm Johns says the airport operator went on a drive to diversify and outsource to help it cope with crises.


Air NZ to trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass
23 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ to trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass

Air New Zealand will trial the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) digital Travel Pass app designed to help enable safe international travel.


Answers sought from PM on Otago airport proposals
22 Feb 2021  

Answers sought from PM on Otago airport proposals

The Wānaka Stakeholders Group says it is seeking answers from prime minister Jacinda Ardern about the Wānaka and Tarras airport proposals.


A departure tax? Here’s what Adrian Littlewood thinks…
19 Feb 2021   /

A departure tax? Here’s what Adrian Littlewood thinks…

“NZ is low density touristed country but that doesn’t fit the narrative that’s out there at the moment,” says Auckland Airport’s CEO.


Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues
18 Feb 2021   /

Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues

Auckland Airport falls into the red but Queenstown and Christchurch manage to stay in the black – but only just.


Wellington Airport earnings guidance lifts after “strong” domestic demand
17 Feb 2021   /

Wellington Airport earnings guidance lifts after “strong” domestic demand

Domestic passenger capacity at Wellington International Airport in December reached 90% of pre-Covid levels with local demand expected to come close to offsetting the lack of international traffic, says majority owner Infratil.


Travel decline promotes Auckland Airport pavement plan
17 Feb 2021  

Travel decline promotes Auckland Airport pavement plan

A drop of 45% in total aircraft traffic has prompted Auckland Airport to bring forward its three-year plan to renew the pavement across its airfield.


Singapore Airlines delivers first Covid-19 vaccine to NZ
16 Feb 2021   /

Singapore Airlines delivers first Covid-19 vaccine to NZ

Singapore Airlines has delivered the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to New Zealand.


Air NZ, Auckland Airport implement level 3 restrictions
15 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ, Auckland Airport implement level 3 restrictions

Australia has also suspended quarantine-free travel from NZ until at least midnight Wednesday.


Govt to participate in Air NZ capital raise to retain stake
15 Feb 2021   /

Govt to participate in Air NZ capital raise to retain stake

The Government will participate in an equity capital raise in order to maintain a majority shareholding in Air New Zealand.


Air NZ extends fare flexibility to June 2022
12 Feb 2021  

Air NZ extends fare flexibility to June 2022

Air New Zealand will be extending its fare flexibility policy due to ongoing uncertainty around international border restrictions.


Aviation industry backs new border model to manage Covid risk
5 Feb 2021   /

Aviation industry backs new border model to manage Covid risk

Research into a risk-based model for New Zealand’s airports proposes a more tailored approach to border management that matches the different levels of traveller risk.


Air NZ re-opens Wellington lounge to meet ‘strong’ demand
4 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ re-opens Wellington lounge to meet ‘strong’ demand

The airline said that to accommodate strong domestic demand the regional lounge would be open on weekdays.


Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA
2 Feb 2021  

Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA

Concerns over the additional financial burden a doubling of sick leave will pile on fragile tourism and hospitality businesses  have led to a raft of submissions against the government’s proposed increase.


Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27% in Dec
1 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27% in Dec

Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to around 881,000 in December 2020, down 51.7% compared to the same month a year earlier.


Air NZ backs new biofuels mandate for transport
28 Jan 2021   /

Air NZ backs new biofuels mandate for transport

Air New Zealand backs the new standards saying biofuels are “a necessary step” in reaching NZ’s net zero emissions by 2050 goal.


Australia suspends quarantine-free travel from NZ
26 Jan 2021   /

Australia suspends quarantine-free travel from NZ

The decision forced the cancellation of flights scheduled to depart for Australia today.


Auckland Airport December domestic passengers fall 32%
26 Jan 2021   /

Auckland Airport December domestic passengers fall 32%

Extra capacity sees December domestic travel up 7.5% on November but still down a third on 2019’s pre-Covid Christmas season.


Air NZ extends mask use to international flights
26 Jan 2021  

Air NZ extends mask use to international flights

Air New Zealand is requiring the use of face masks on all international flights to and from New Zealand from today.


Air NZ adds seats to meet “strong” Waitangi weekend demand
22 Jan 2021  

Air NZ adds seats to meet “strong” Waitangi weekend demand

Air New Zealand has added 7,300 seats to its domestic network over Waitangi Day weekend due to what it called “strong” demand.


TNZ to face “significant competition” from Aus for Kiwi spend
21 Jan 2021   /

TNZ to face “significant competition” from Aus for Kiwi spend

Australia’s bigger budget destination marketers will compete fiercely for Kiwis.


Quarantine-free travel to NZ restarts with Cook Islands
21 Jan 2021  

Quarantine-free travel to NZ restarts with Cook Islands

The first quarantine-free international passenger flight in 10 months will touch down at Auckland Airport today.


Barrier Air expands services with new Cessna Caravan
21 Jan 2021  

Barrier Air expands services with new Cessna Caravan

Auckland’s Barrier Air has increased its North Shore offering to 10 services per week after adding a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan to its fleet.


Queenstown domestic passenger movements fall 29%
20 Jan 2021   /

Queenstown domestic passenger movements fall 29%

The latest results not only highlight Queenstown’s dependence on international travellers but also a widening gap in domestic air travel to the resort over the summer.


Air NZ, Flight Centre, Jetstar among most complained about – ComCom
20 Jan 2021   /

Air NZ, Flight Centre, Jetstar among most complained about – ComCom

But just because there is a complaint does not mean the companies are at fault, says the watchdog.


Auckland Airport restarts work to improve terminal exit
20 Jan 2021  

Auckland Airport restarts work to improve terminal exit

Auckland Airport has restarted work to improve road access to and from its international terminal.


Air NZ updates international flight schedule
19 Jan 2021  

Air NZ updates international flight schedule

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Air NZ to test staff saliva for Covid-19
18 Jan 2021   /

Air NZ to test staff saliva for Covid-19

Air New Zealand will start conducting saliva tests of its staff to see if its effective in detecting Covid-19.


Border restrictions 2021 headwind for NZ – ASB
13 Jan 2021  

Border restrictions 2021 headwind for NZ – ASB

However, NZ’s pandemic response has increased its allure as a safe-haven destination, says the bank.


November passenger volumes halve – Air NZ
13 Jan 2021  

November passenger volumes halve – Air NZ

Air New Zealand’s total passenger numbers fell to around 690,000 in November 2020, down 50.8% on the same month in 2019.


Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27.3% in Dec
1 Jan 2021   /

Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27.3% in Dec

Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to around 881,000 in December 2020, down 51.7% compared to the same month a year earlier.


Air NZ recalls 175 crew for travel bubbles
18 Dec 2020  

Air NZ recalls 175 crew for travel bubbles

Air New Zealand is recalling all of its A320 cabin crew who are currently on furlough to prepare for quarantine-free travel to Australia and Rarotonga in early 2021.


Second helicopter crash at Mahia follows Kaikōura tragedy
16 Dec 2020  

Second helicopter crash at Mahia follows Kaikōura tragedy

Today’s accident comes after three children suffered serious injuries and their parents were killed in yesterday’s crash.


Air NZ sets up team for unaccompanied minors
16 Dec 2020  

Air NZ sets up team for unaccompanied minors

Air New Zealand has set up a dedicated team to look after the unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors expected to travel domestically this summer.


Stalled air services suppress cargo – Auckland Airport
14 Dec 2020  

Stalled air services suppress cargo – Auckland Airport

International cargo capacity at Auckland Airport fell 38% year-on-year in October and is predicted to be down by a similar volume during the traditional peak in November and December, says the operator.


NZ airport prospects down, recovery unlikely until FY22 – S&P
8 Dec 2020   /

NZ airport prospects down, recovery unlikely until FY22 – S&P

Australasian airports are unlikely to see a firm recovery until 2022 “but meaningful levels of international travel remain elusive”, says S&P Global Ratings.


NZ “toughest market in the world” for airlines – BARNZ
4 Dec 2020   /

NZ “toughest market in the world” for airlines – BARNZ

Executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers says NZ risks being left behind as other countries resume international travel.


Air NZ adds 16k seats after “better than expected” demand
4 Dec 2020   /

Air NZ adds 16k seats after “better than expected” demand

Air New Zealand is adding more capacity to its domestic schedule in December, using its newer A321 Airbus aircraft on its existing A320 services until the end of the month.


Southern boost for summer cargo flights
3 Dec 2020   /

Southern boost for summer cargo flights

Christchurch Airport says it will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation
2 Dec 2020  

Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation

Auckland Airport has won the asset owners category in the BuildingSMART International 2020 Awards for its digital modelling of its buildings.


Domestic passenger numbers grow at Queenstown Airport
1 Dec 2020  

Domestic passenger numbers grow at Queenstown Airport

Domestic passenger movements at Queenstown Airport rose to 134,608 in October 2020, up 5% on the same month in 2019.


Air NZ passenger numbers fall 51% in Oct
1 Dec 2020  

Air NZ passenger numbers fall 51% in Oct

Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to around 690,000 in October 2020, down 50.6% on the same month last year.


Air NZ international cargo flights increase
30 Nov 2020  

Air NZ international cargo flights increase

Air New Zealand will now operate 55 international cargo flights per week after it was awarded more trips under the International Air Freight Capacity Scheme.


Vaccine news boosts Air NZ share price
25 Nov 2020  

Vaccine news boosts Air NZ share price

The Air NZ share price stood out as a top performer among tourism stocks following news about the likelihood of a Covid-19 vaccine.