AirNZ sold 70,000 seats in first six hours of ‘relaxed’ restrictions

AirNZ sold 70,000 seats in first six hours of ‘relaxed’ restrictions

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AirNZ (Air New Zealand) announced today that they’d sold 70,000 seats in the first six hours since ‘relaxed’ restrictions were announced.

From Monday, September 14, which is was an immediate in-place response; public transport, including airlines like Air New Zealand etc., buses and trains do not need to maintain any sitting restrictions or passenger capacity limits at Alert Level 2.

However, Mask use will be continuing as compulsory on public transport.

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The advisory by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport for recommended seating arrangements on public transport that promoted physical distancing has now been revoked and is effective immediately.

“People should continue to observe physical distancing where possible.”

Flight and transport operators that require pre-bookings has been advised of the changes, and they can now accept higher volumes of bookings from customers. 

Cabinet has agreed. Including PM Jacinda Ardern, in good faith, that at 11.59 pm on Monday, September 21, the rest of New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 1 settings.

“If you are travelling, to work, school or on holiday, please remember to practise the core hygiene measures – disinfect hands, cough into your elbow and, most importantly, if you are unwell, please stay home.”

Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says this ‘clearly shows’ New Zealanders were keen to get out and travel the country.

“As soon as the Government announced the removal of physical of distancing travel demand was strong, with 70,000 seats sold in the first six hours.”

One hundred ten thousand seats sold at Air New Zealand were fastened up yesterday compared to the average 31,000 per day pre-COVID-19 — ‘one for the record books’. Air New Zealand has also said that they are currently flying around 200,000 seats per week, this is roughly 70-75 per cent of pre-COVID-19 capacity.

“From Tāmaki Makaurau – Tāhuna, Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Ōtautahi were hot destinations, and it’s terrific to see customers snap up flights to Waihōpai, Whangārei and Kerikeri too. There was also strong demand for bookings for travel out of Ōtautahi and Te Whanganui-a-Tara.”

“Kiwis have been incredibly supportive of our airline through what has been a difficult year, and we look forward to welcoming more customers on board for their domestic trip soon.”

Air New Zealand has said that lounges will continue to operate under Alert Level 2 restrictions knowing that each lounge has a cap of 100 people at any time following Government protocols.

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