Air New Zealand not included in Government's multi-million coronavirus aviation support package

Air New Zealand has not been included in the Government's multi-billion dollar economic plan to fight the impact of coronavirus.

The Government has announced a $600 million aviation package as part of it's $12.1 billion Business Continuity Package.

"This does not include any Government support for Air New Zealand," said Finance Minister Grant Robertson on Tuesday.

The cash injection will instead go towards ensuring border controls remain stringent - however, the finer details will be discussed in the COVID-19 Cabinet Committee, Robertson said. 

Robertson said the Government remains "in discussions" with Air NZ representatives.

An announcement is expected later in the week.

Air NZ announced on Monday it would cut its international flights by 80 percent which will mean redundancies, with CEO Greg Foran saying in a newsletter to staff "based on what we see today our 12,500 workforce will reduce by up to 30 percent."

That's up to 3750 job losses. 

On Tuesday the Government announced a huge $12.1 billion package to fight the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be spread across health services, businesses and income support.

Where is the cash going?

  • $500 million for health services

  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies

  • $126 million in self-isolation support

  • $2.8 billion income support including a $25 increase on weekly benefits

  • $100 million redeployment package

  • $2.8 billion for businesses to free up cash flow. Provisional tax thresholds will be lifted

  • $600 million for aviation support.

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