ANZ sees spike in bookings as lockdown eased

written by Adam Thorn | April 22, 2020
Airbus A320 Air New Zealand A320 in Sydney (Rob Finlayson)

Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer has tweeted that the airline has seen a “reasonably significant” spike in bookings after the country announced plans to ease its lockdown.

Just four days earlier, Cam Wallace tweeted that the airline sold just one A320’s worth of seats for the whole month of May.

The news preceded the airline releasing an increased schedule on Wednesday morning to reflect the move from “level 4” to “level 3” coronavirus restrictions, published below.

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However, Air New Zealand general manager Scott Carr was more cautious in his assessment of the progress made.

“We have made some slight adjustments to our domestic schedule in the coming weeks,” Carr said.

“That includes adding several services a week between Auckland and Napier and Auckland and Tauranga.

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“We’ll also be adding additional capacity between Christchurch and Dunedin with flights in and out of Dunedin across the week.”

New Zealand had previously enforced one of the toughest lockdowns in the world, but new rules that come into effect from midnight on 27 April will allow some schools and businesses, such as takeaways, to open.

The news follows Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing on Tuesday that the country was on the “road to recovery” as the number of coronavirus cases dropped.

NEW ANZ DOMESTIC SCHEDULE (FROM 28 APRIL)

Auckland-Christchurch (A320)

  • 2x return services Mon-Sat
  • 1x return service Sun

Auckland-Wellington (A320)

  • 1x return service Mon-Sun

Auckland-Tauranga (Q300)

  • 3x return service Tues/Thurs/Fri

Auckland-Napier (Q300)

  • 3x return service Tues/Thurs/Fri

Wellington-Christchurch (Q300, ATR)

  • 2x return services Mon-Fri
  • 1x return service Sat/Sun

Wellington-Nelson (Q300)

  • 1x return service Mon-Wed
  • 2x return service Thurs/Fri

Christchurch-Dunedin (ATR)

  • 1x return service Mon-Sun

PREVIOUS ANZ DOMESTIC SCHEDULE (FROM 3 APRIL)

Auckland-Christchurch (A320)

  • 3x return services Mon-Fri
  • 1x return service Sat/Sun

Auckland-Wellington (A320)

  • 1x return service Mon-Sun

Wellington-Christchurch (Q300, ATR)

  • 2x return services Mon-Fri
  • 1x return service Sat/Sun

Wellington-Nelson (Q300)

  • 1x return service Mon-Fri

Christchurch-Dunedin (ATR)

  • 1x return service Mon
  • 1x return service Fri

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ANZ sees spike in bookings as lockdown eased Comment

  • john

    says:

    no mention of Queenstown (ZQN) ?

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