Air NZ slashes Australia flights by 80 per cent

Author
Grant Bradley, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 17 Mar 2020, 12:48PM
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Air NZ slashes Australia flights by 80 per cent

Author
Grant Bradley, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 17 Mar 2020, 12:48PM

Air New Zealand will cut its Tasman capacity by 80 per cent for three months in response to new travel restrictions and slumping demand.

These changes follow yesterday's announcement on capacity reductions and will take effect from March 30 through to June 30. These dates may change if demand reduces further. Overall, Tasman capacity will reduce by 80 percent over this period.

The following outlines the capacity changes on Tasman routes:

• Wellington to Sydney: Reduced to two return services per week.

• Christchurch to Sydney: Reduced to two return services per week.

• Auckland to Sydney: Reduced to seven return services per week.

• Auckland to Brisbane: Reduced to five return services per week.

• Auckland to Melbourne: Reduced to seven return services per week.

All other Tasman routes are suspended from March 30 to June 30 as follows:

• Auckland-Adelaide

• Auckland-Cairns

• Auckland-Sunshine Coast

• Auckland-Coolangatta

• Auckland-Perth

• Christchurch-Brisbane

• Christchurch-Melbourne

• Christchurch-Coolangatta

• Wellington-Brisbane

• Wellington-Melbourne

• Queenstown-Melbourne

• Queenstown-Sydney

• Queenstown-Brisbane

Due to the large number of schedule changes, the airline has urged customers to only contact the airline if they are due to fly within the next 48 hours or need immediate repatriation to New Zealand or their home country.

The airline will also park many of its Boeing 777s over the next few months, doing most of its restricted internatinal flying with more efficient Dreamliner aircraft.

Yesterday the airline - which is facing a battle for survival - announced it would cut long haul routes by 85 per cent and domestic flying by 30 per cent.