Air New Zealand reduces capacity across its network due to the impact of Covid-19 on global travel. Air New Zealand will reduce its long haul capacity by 85 percent in the coming months. It is suspending flights between Auckland and Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Tokyo Narita, Honolulu, Denpasar and Taipei from March 30th to June 30th.
Domestic capacity will also be reduced by around 30 percent in April and May. However, all existing routes will remain intact.
Customers are advised to contact the airline unless they are due to fly within the next 48 hours or need immediate repatriation to New Zealand or their home country.
CEO Greg Foran says that while airlines face an unprecedented challenge, Air New Zealand is better placed than most to navigate its way through it.
“The resilience of our people is exceptional and I am consistently amazed by their dedication and passion for our customers,” Mr Foran says.
“We are a nimble airline with a lean cost base, strong balance sheet, good cash reserves, an outstanding brand and a team going above and beyond every day. We also have supportive partners. We are also in discussions with the Government at this time.”
“We are now accepting that for the coming months at least Air New Zealand will be a smaller airline requiring fewer resources, including people. We have deployed a range of measures, such as leave without pay and asking those with excess leave to take it, but these only go so far. We are working on redeployment opportunities for some of our staff within the airline and also to support other organisations”.
Mr. Foran says the airline is working to ensure the right outcome for all staff.
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