Air New Zealand adds day return business flights to network

written by Adam Thorn | May 27, 2020
Air New Zealand Q300 ZK-NEP at Wellington. (Gary Hollier)
Air New Zealand Q300 ZK-NEP at Wellington. (Gary Hollier)

Air New Zealand has increased its network yet again and will now offer daily returns servicing 11 different routes.

The flights, which take effect from 8 June, are designed for business travellers to leave regional areas such as Tauranga, Nelson and Dunedin and fly to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

On Thursday, 14 May, New Zealand lowered its coronavirus restrictions to ‘Alert Level 2’, allowing recreational air travel to restart.

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Initially, the airline operated 32 routes but has subsequently added services to additional destinations such as Taupo, Timaru and Queenstown. The full network, including business-timed flights, is at the bottom of this article.

However, Air New Zealand has previously warned passengers that the flying experience will be significantly different to before the pandemic began.

To encourage social distancing, every second self-service kiosk will be closed, floor markings will be in operation in queues and aircraft will fly at about 20 per cent capacity with the middle seat kept free.

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Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine, Kia Ora, won’t be available, while food and beverage and lounge access was only lifted from suspension on 25 May.

Air New Zealand general manager networks Scott Carr said, “Since publishing our domestic schedule for Alert Level 2, we’ve seen a good initial response from leisure travellers.

“As we further build our domestic schedule, we’re looking to cater for resumed business travel which we know helps support economic activity in regional New Zealand.”

ANZ BUSINESS-TIMED FLIGHT NETWORK

Hamilton-Wellington

  • Departs Hamilton 7:30am
  • Departs Wellington 6:05pm

Tauranga-Auckland

  • Departs Tauranga 7:00am
  • Departs Auckland 6:15pm

Napier-Auckland

  • Departs Napier 7:20am
  • Departs Auckland 3:30pm/6:30pm

New Plymouth-Auckland

  • Departs New Plymouth 8:05am
  • Departs Auckland 4:25pm

New Plymouth-Wellington

  • Departs New Plymouth 7:30am
  • Departs Wellington 5:00pm

Palmerston North-Auckland

  • Departs Palmerston North 7:15am
  • Departs Auckland 4:30pm

Nelson-Auckland

  • Departs Nelson 6:30am/8:05am
  • Departs Auckland 3:00pm/5:20pm

Nelson-Wellington

  • Departs Nelson 7:05am
  • Departs Wellington 4:30pm/5:50pm

Nelson-Christchurch

  • Departs Nelson 7:25am
  • Departs Christchurch 6:15pm

Dunedin-Christchurch

  • Departs Dunedin 7:00am
  • Departs Christchurch 5:55pm

Invercargill-Christchurch

  • Departs Invercargill 8:45am
  • Departs Christchurch 4:45pm

ALERT LEVEL TWO ANZ NETWORK

Auckland to/from

  • Taupo
  • Blenheim
  • Dunedin
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Gisborne
  • Kerikeri
  • Napier
  • Nelson
  • New Plymouth
  • Palmerston North
  • Tauranga
  • Wellington
  • Whangarei
  • Queenstown

Christchurch to/from

  • Hamilton
  • Hokitika
  • Tauranga
  • Dunedin
  • Invercargill
  • Nelson
  • Palmerston North
  • Wellington
  • Queenstown

Wellington to/from

  • Queenstown
  • Timaru
  • Dunedin
  • Blenheim
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Nelson
  • New Plymouth
  • Rotorua
  • Tauranga

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