Air New Zealand puts on more flights and adds extra seats for Waitangi Day weekend

Air NZ's Airbus A321.
Air NZ's Airbus A321. Photo credit: Airbus

Air New Zealand has added additional capacity to its domestic network over Waitangi Day weekend as the airline continues to see strong demand from customers exploring Aotearoa throughout the summer months.

More than 7300 seats have been added on the domestic network for Waitangi weekend, with additional seats on return routes to Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Kerikeri, Napier, Nelson, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei and Queenstown.

These extra seats are a result of the airline upgauging some flights from ATR turbo-prop aircraft to A320 jets for some ports, as well as 76 additional one-way flights.

Northland in particular sees the most demand, with 1110 seats on the airline’s Auckland-Kerikeri and Auckland-Whangarei routes as customers head to Waitangi to mark the weekend.

"We continue to see strong demand across our domestic network and it’s fantastic to be able to put on additional flying to our regions – particularly to Kerikeri and Whangarei," said Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty. 

"We're committed to keeping New Zealanders connected and steady demand has seen us add capacity wherever possible, making seats available at lower fares for our customers."

The airline said bargain hunters should look to travel at less convenient hours to find cheaper airfares.