Santa visits Air New Zealand staff and customers, busiest week expected

Santa visits Air New Zealand staff and customers, busiest week expected

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Air New Zealand will be expecting its busiest week of the year since pre-COVID. Christmas holidays are being booked around the country, and customers are eager to get on a flight to their destinations.

Roughly 180,000 customers are expected to fly with Air New Zealand on its domestic network this week throughout 2,589 flights.

Christmas Eve will be the busiest day during the Christmas holiday period, with the airline operating more than 420 flights over the most popular route being Auckland to Christchurch.


Group General Manager Chloe Surridge says it will be great to see many people connecting with their family and friends around the country.

“Operationally, it takes a lot of work to get our customers to their holiday destinations on busy days like these. All of our teams, from flight planners right through to our airport teams, pilots and cabin crew, are working hard to connect customers with friends and family this festive season,” she said.

Santa has been working with Air New Zealand to make travelling more enjoyable this year entertaining the younger group of travellers. Air New Zealand Elves will be at airports.

“Naturally, airports are busier during this time, and customers are encouraged to allow more travel time to get to the terminal. We also recommend people check-in for their flight via the Air New Zealand app so they can keep up to date with the latest information on their flight.”

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