Nau mai, hoki mai Kiwi whānau
The airline has five flights arriving from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, with the first service arriving from Sydney into Auckland at 5:15pm this afternoon.
Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says "Emotions will be running high today as New Zealander citizens and permanent residents who have been waiting to come home from Aussie board their flight home. Having the certainty that they will be touching down on home soil and reuniting with friends and whānau in just a few short hours will come as a relief.
"This day signals the first step in reconnecting New Zealand with the world. We are incredibly humbled to play a small part in such a special day for many Kiwis and look forward to reuniting more families with Aotearoa over the coming months"
"We expect to have more than 300 flights available between New Zealand and Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast for the month of March alone. Once we have a clearer view as to the level of demand, we will adjust the schedule accordingly, but we're confident there will be seats available for those who need them."
In line with the Government's requirements, all customers will also need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test 48 hours before departure or a supervised RAT or LAMP test 24 hours before departure and must complete a period of home isolation upon arrival into New Zealand.
The airline's international vaccination policy came into effect on 1 February with all passengers travelling on Air New Zealand's international network now required to show proof of full vaccination.
The easiest way for eligible customers to do this is by securely sharing their vaccination status and test results with Air New Zealand using the IATA Travel Pass app. The app will also guide travellers through what they need to know and do before departure.
"We've kept our operation ready for this. In the last few months, it's been great to bring back some of our pilots, with some cabin crew returning to training from the 28 February, as we anticipate a return to global travel. We're looking forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of Kiwis who will be making plans to board our aircraft soon."
Those wanting to book to travel can do so now via the Air New Zealand website where customers with credits can also use them as a form of payment, or through their preferred travel agent.
|Brisbane||Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Coolangatta||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Sydney||Daily with twice daily flights on Friday and Sunday|
Air New Zealand trans-Tasman flights are on sale now. The schedule is as follows: Flight schedule between 28 February – 20 March 2022
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Daily with twice daily flights on Friday and Sunday
|Brisbane||Monday, Thursday, Saturday|
|Melbourne||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Sydney||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday|
Monday, Thursday, Saturday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
About Star Alliance
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 19,000 daily flights to more than 1,250 airports in 195 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.
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