Air New Zealand adding more red flights between Australia and New Zealand

The airline's green flights are likely to be cancelled.
The airline's green flights are likely to be cancelled. Photo credit: Getty Images

Air New Zealand has announced it's added a fresh set of flights ahead of Tuesday night's release of more MIQ rooms by the New Zealand Government.

An additional set of 'red' flights have been added to the airline's schedule in December for customers wanting to return from Australia before the end of the year.

Red flights mean passengers must quarantine, green flights are quarantine free.

The airline's 'red' services will have flight numbers beginning with NZ8, the 'green' services will start with NZ1.  

As quarantine-free travel with Australia is paused up until the end of November, the airline still has green flights available to book from December. However, these flights will be cancelled if the quarantine-free travel pause is extended. 

If customers currently booked on a green flight wish to transfer their booking to a red flight, the airline recommends they go online to put their flight into credit and then use the credit to rebook onto a red service.

The airline's red flights from Australia to New Zealand are available to book now. Customers will have 48 hours following securing an MIQ room to book their flights.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says so long as there are MIQ spaces available in New Zealand, the airline will continue to operate flights to reconnect customers with their friends and whānau.

"We understand this continues to be a very distressing time for people trying to get home. We're committed to doing everything we can to get customers back to where they need to be as safely and quickly as possible," she said.