Coronavirus: Air New Zealand releases drastically reduced interim flight schedule

The schedule reveals the massive cuts made to the airline's capacity.
The schedule reveals the massive cuts made to the airline's capacity. Photo credit: Newshub.

Air New Zealand has released its international schedule which will be in place for at least two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bare-bones schedule is a sobering reminder of how much the industry has changed in just a matter of weeks. 

Flights between Auckland and Sydney are reduced to just three a week - an unimaginable reduction from earlier this year where there were more than three return flights to Sydney every day.

Across the Tasman:  

  • Auckland-Sydney: Three return services a week
  • Auckland-Brisbane: Two return services a week
  • Auckland-Melbourne: Two return services a week 

Pacific services: 

  • Auckland-Rarotonga: One return service a week
  • Auckland-Fiji: One return service a week
  • Auckland-Niue: One return service a week
  • Sydney-Norfolk: One return service a week
  • Brisbane-Norfolk: One return service a week

There are currently no flights operating to Samoa or Tonga as they are not accepting any international arrivals. If that changes, the airline expects to operate one return flight a week.

Long-haul services:

  • Auckland-Los Angeles: Three return services a week
  • Auckland-Hong Kong: Two return services a week
  • Auckland-Shanghai: Return services on alternate days from 2 May

The airline's Hong Kong service will become a night flight to maximise cargo connectivity.

The new schedule allows essential travellers and freight to get where they need to be.

The airline says domestic services into Auckland will be timed to allow travellers to promptly connect to any of its international flights.

Air NZ will reassess its schedule at the end of May.

 

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