Air New Zealand offers credit flexibility for domestic customers due to Omicron

Air New Zealand offers credit flexibility for domestic customers due to Omicron
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Air New Zealand is now offering domestic customers with flights through to the end of February the ability to opt into credit, following an increase in Omicron cases around the country.

Customers who had existing bookings as at 11:59pm January 23 that are scheduled to depart before 11:59pm February 28 , will have the option to opt into credit if they are no longer able to travel, or amend the date of their flight with change fees waived.

Air NZ chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty says the airline is expecting to see disruption to the number of customers flying as Omicron takes hold.

"Based on what we've seen happen to other airlines around the world, and the modelling we've seen here for New Zealand, we're anticipating Omicron will have a considerable impact on our customers and employees over the next few weeks.

"Providing the option for credits allows customers who are feeling unwell or are isolating, to change their booking to travel on an alternative date," Geraghty said. 

Customers can do this using the Air NZ mobile app or by contacting their original booking agent.

"Doing what we can to protect our people and customers is our top priority and this helps to do just that, while reducing the spread of Covid. 

"There may be thousands of our customers dealing with Omicron in the coming weeks, and we want them to know they don't need to worry about their flights.

The timeframe for when the rebooking function is available may be reassessed and could be extended should the Omicron situation continue, Air NZ said.