Air New Zealand busy dashing through the sky this Christmas

As Kiwis eagerly await their presents to appear under their tree this Christmas, Air New Zealand is preparing for the 100,000 passengers set to fly around the country for the holiday.
23 December 2021

Today is expected to be the busiest day for the airline this holiday season, with more than 31,000 customers booked to travel domestically.

Over 30,000 customers are booked to fly on Christmas Eve, with around 15,000 travelling on Christmas Day itself.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the airline is excited to be able to help connect Kiwis with their friends and whānau this Christmas.

"It's such a special time of year to spend with your loved ones, so we're thrilled to be helping people connect all around the country, from Invercargill to Hokitika to Kerikeri."

The busiest route this Christmas is Auckland to Christchurch, with Nelson taking out the top spot for the most popular regional destination.

"Customers can expect the usual friendly welcome and cheer from our crew, along with a side of Cookie Time cookies, popcorn and bliss bites to stash for Santa or in the Christmas stocking."

From now until the end of January, about 600,000 customers are expected to fly throughout the country with Air New Zealand.

Around half of those customers are flying into Auckland or flying out of Auckland.

2022 will also be off to a busy start with more than 90,000 customers expected to travel over the New Year period between 31 December and 4 January.

The check-in process will look a little different than usual for those travelling this summer, with all customers aged 12 or older required to show proof of either full vaccination or of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of travel.

"The process is running pretty smoothly already, and we have had more than 200,000 customers upload their My Vaccine Pass to their Airpoints profile."


Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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