Air New Zealand to resume Auckland-Shanghai service on June 22

The airline will operate one return flight each week.
The airline will operate one return flight each week. Photo credit: Getty.

Air New Zealand will restart passenger flights between Auckland and Shanghai as early as next week with passengers subject to government border controls in each direction.

Before COVID-19, the airline operated seven services per week on its Auckland-Shanghai route before the route was suspended in early February.

At this stage, Air NZ will operate one return service per week on its Auckland-Shanghai route, with the first flight departing Auckland on June 22.

The schedule for Auckland-Shanghai is as follows:

  • Monday: Flight NZ289 787-9 Dreamliner departs Auckland at 11pm and arrives in Shanghai at 7:15am
  • Wednesday: NZ288 787-9 Dreamliner departs Shanghai at 2:15pm arriving in Auckland at 5:45am

Restrictions for passengers travelling to Shanghai listed on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website include:

  • Foreign nationals coming to the mainland of China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates before travel.
  • Passengers arriving at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) must undergo a Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) and a 14-day quarantine in designated places for medical observation.
  • A QR code generated from a completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to immigration upon arrival. The form can be obtained before departure

The announcement follows news that the airline will resume services to Narita, Japan from June 25, initially with one return service a week