Coronavirus: Air New Zealand adds additional domestic services before NZ moves to level four alert

The flights will help people get home before having to isolate.
The flights will help people get home before having to isolate. Photo credit: Getty Images

Air New Zealand is adding extra domestic flights following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement on Monday that the country would be moving into COVID-19 alert level 4, which will require people to stay at home.

The airline said the additional flights will allow Kiwis to get back home from around the country before the restrictions come into place on Wednesday.

Air NZ also said it would try to operate its current schedule until at least the end of the of the week.

Details on the extra flights are expected to be released later this evening.

The national carrier offering the additional services comes days after the Government announced a $900 million loan to help it survive the coronabirus pandemic. That loan came with a number of conditions the airline must abide by.

"This agreement means that Air NZ is in a position to play its part in making sure Kiwis can return home from overseas and that essential flights and freight lines for goods like pharmaceuticals remain open by ensuring flights continue to and from key international destinations," Finance Minister Grant Robertson said on Friday.

"The agreement also safeguards the domestic network, with flights assured to all current destinations."