Emirates puts hold on bookings to New Zealand for three weeks over quarantine availability

It follows Air NZ's similar announcement on Tuesday.
It follows Air NZ's similar announcement on Tuesday. Photo credit: Newshub.

Emirates has confirmed it will put a hold on any new bookings for flights to New Zealand for the next three weeks following a Government issued directive to airlines operating services into the country.

"New bookings on Emirates' flights to Auckland will temporarily be unavailable for the next three weeks. Existing bookings during this period will remain unaffected," a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Newshub.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and we are working with the relevant authorities to minimise disruption."

The move by Emirates follows an announcement from the Government that Air New Zealand will stop selling tickets to flights into Aotearoa temporarily to manage the number of people needing quarantine accommodation.

"Air NZ has agreed to put a temporary hold on new bookings in the short term, as well as looking at aligning daily arrivals with the capacity available at managed isolation facilities," housing minister Megan Woods said on Tuesday.

"People who have already booked flights with Air NZ will still be able to enter New Zealand, subject to availability of quarantine space."