Air New Zealand adds Tauranga and Napier to COVID-19 alert level 3 schedule

The airline will begin flights to Napier and Tauranga from Auckland.
The airline will begin flights to Napier and Tauranga from Auckland. Photo credit: Napier Airport

Air New Zealand is restarting more domestic flights as the country enters COVID-19 alert level 3 next week.

The new national schedule is only slightly different to the one the airline operated under alert level 4, with the biggest change being the introduction of flights from Auckland to Tauranga and Napier .

Schedule changes:

Auckland-Christchurch

Level 4: 

  • 3 return services Monday-Friday using an A320 aircraft
  • 1 return service Saturday/Sunday using an A320 aircraft

Level 3:

  • 2 return services Monday-Saturday
  • 1 return service Sunday using an A320 aircraft

Auckland-Wellington

Level 4:

  • 1 return service Monday-Sunday using an A320 aircraft

Level 3:

  • 1 return service Monday-Sunday using an A320 aircraft

Auckland-Tauranga

Level 3:

  • 3 return services Tuesday/Thursday/Friday using a Q300 aircraft

Auckland-Napier

Level 3:

  • 3 return services Tuesday/Thursday/Friday using a Q300 aircraft

Wellington-Christchurch

Level 4:

  • 2 return services Monday-Friday using a Q300 aircraft
  • 1 return service Saturday/Sunday using a Q300 aircraft

Level 3:

  • 2 return services Monday-Friday using an ATR aircraft
  • 1 return service Saturday/Sunday using a Q300 aircraft

Wellington-Nelson

Level 4:

  • 1 return service Monday-Friday

Level 3:

  • 1 return service Monday-Wed
  • 2 return services Thurs/Friday using a Q300 aircraft

Christchurch-Dunedin

Level 4:

  • 1 return service Monday
  • 1 return service Friday
  • 1 return service Monday-Sunday

Level 3:

  • 1 return service Monday-Sunday using an ATR aircraft

The new schedule will begin on April 28, the morning New Zealand moves to alert level 3.

"We have made some slight adjustments to our domestic schedule in the coming weeks and that includes adding several services a week between Auckland and Napier and Auckland and Tauranga. We'll also be adding additional capacity between Christchurch and Dunedin with flights in and out of Dunedin across the week," Air NZ General Manager of Networks Scott Carr says.

Flights are still restricted to essential travellers only.

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