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Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill resumes today.
Regional airline Sounds Air may launch a Christchurch to Wanaka weekly service depending on whether a survey indicates sufficient support.
Singapore Airlines will start flying return services from Singapore to Auckland and Christchurch.
“This is great news for tourism and those wanting to hit the slopes,” says the airline.
Air New Zealand will restart scheduled international passenger flights with one return service a week to Narita Airport, Tokyo, on 25 June.
The resumption of the routes meant that the airline was operating to all 20 of the domestic destinations it serviced pre-Covid-19.
Air New Zealand passenger numbers were down 99% due to Covid-19 restrictions in April.
A repatriation service flying direct from Delhi arrived at Auckland Airport over the weekend – the first direct Air India flight between the two countries since the Covid-19 lockdown.
However, there is no word yet on when its services to Wellington will restart.
Air New Zealand will extend its limited international schedule through to 31 August 2020.
Air Chathams is ending seven weeks of hibernation to relaunch scheduled flights from its Auckland Airport base to Whakatane, Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast.
Originair will resume its flight schedule on the Nelson–Palmerston North and Nelson–Wellington routes from 29 May 2020.
“Air Chathams plays an important role in our community and in supporting our district to recover from the unprecedented impacts of Covid-19.”
Etihad Airways yesterday visited New Zealand skies for the first time ever in a special mission to repatriate New Zealanders from the United Arab Emirates.
Air New Zealand has added seven more domestic services to its Covid-19 alert level 2 schedule.
“We’ll be strongly encouraging Kiwis to support our tourism sector and to visit friends and family,” says Air NZ’s CEO.
Almost 300 Air New Zealand jet pilots have been made redundant with around 900 remaining at the carrier, says the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association.
The resumption of air travel within New Zealand is vital if the possibility of trans-Tasman travel is going to be explored.
Emirates SkyCargo will be launching four weekly cargo services to New Zealand from 3 May to help connect businesses in the country to key trading partners across the globe.
The first successful applicants for a new cargo scheme include Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Emirates, Freightways Express, Qantas and Tasman Cargo.
Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to 1.36 million in March 2020, down 25.9% on the same month last year.
Air New Zealand has topped the RepTrack annual reputation rankings, being named the most reputable company in both New Zealand and Australia.
Air New Zealand will not resume its suspended Auckland-Buenos Aires and Los Angeles-London routes and has postponed the launch of its non-stop service to New York.
Airlines will still be required to severely restrict their capacity to meet physical distancing requirements at Covid-19 alert level 2, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Industry will soon move into a working group phase on the proposal, says the airline association.
Tauranga and Napier have returned to Air New Zealand’s schedule.
Transport costs fell 1.7% in the March 2020 quarter, mainly influenced by price falls for international airfares and petrol, according to the latest consumers price index.
A Philippine Airlines repatriation service into Auckland Airport has brought home 184 Kiwis from Manila.
The airline says it will start bringing more domestic flights back at Covid-19 alert level 1.
Kiwis returning on a repatriation flight from South America were welcomed by airport operational staff this morning.
The proposed cutback is more than a fifth of the carrier’s 1800 pilots.
Air New Zealand has appointed Joe McCollum as its new chief people officer.
In the week after the Government’s 23 March lockdown announcement, scheduled airline traffic declined by 47%, or 8600 flights to 4400, compared with the same period last year, says Airways.
International airline seat capacity fell to just 23% of what it was in the first week of April last year, according to travel insights firm ForwardKeys.
The carrier says it plans to resume its Auckland – Los Angeles service in October.
The International Air Transport Association has written to the heads of government of 18 states in Asia Pacific region to appeal for emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Air New Zealand will operate a limited international network from March 30 to May 31 to enable essential travel and to keep air freight moving to North America and Asia.
The closure of the borders to all but New Zealanders and their families is starting to affect future flight schedules, said Justin Tighe-Umbers, executive director at the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand.
The Govt says it recognises airlines and airports are being hit hard by Covid-19.
Kiwis’ appetite for travel dissipating.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is urging Kiwis overseas to consider returning home while they can.
Air New Zealand is slashing trans-Tasman capacity by 80%.
E tū is urging Air New Zealand and all aviation employers to minimise job losses as the airline announces an estimated 30% workers, or up to 3700, will be made redundant.
The airline has imposed a trading halt on its shares and has started permanent position redundancies.
Airlines are scrambling to deal with cancellations and consolidating flights.
The E tu union is preparing for a scale of disruption to the aviation industry unlike anything witnessed before.
With coronavirus prompting airlines to cancel flights, airlines risk losing their slots.
Auckland Airport is supporting international calls to relax airport slot rules to help airlines protect their businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
Air New Zealand’s costs outstripped increased passenger revenue and it has reported a sharp fall in after-tax profit for the six months ending December 2019.
Air New Zealand has dangled a sleeper service for economy class passengers called Economy Skynest.