Air New Zealand further cuts international flights over coronavirus

26 Mar 2020 by Seher Asaf
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-10

Air New Zealand has reduced its international flight schedule to 11 routes amid the tightening of border controls around the world due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The carrier’s chief revenue officer Cam Wallace announced some of the changes to the international schedule in a series of tweets posted on twitter on March 25.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the airline will operate the following 11 services between March 30 to May 31:


  • Auckland-Hong Kong: Two return services a week
  • Auckland-Shanghai: Return services on alternate days from May 2 ( this service was suspended until May 1)


  • Auckland-Sydney: Three return services a week
  • Auckland-Brisbane: Two return services a week
  • Auckland-Melbourne: Two return services a week


  • Auckland-Los Angeles: Three return services a week

Pacific services

  • Auckland-Rarotonga: One return service a week
  • Auckland-Fiji: One return service a week
  • Auckland-Niue: One return service a week
  • Sydney-Norfolk: One return service a week
  • Brisbane-Norfolk: One return service a week

Wallace also took to twitter to address the reduction of seats available on flights.

Earlier this month, the carrier said it would reduce its long-haul capacity by 85 per cent over the coming months.

It suspended flights between Auckland and Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Tokyo Narita, Seoul Incheon, Honolulu, Denpasar and Taipei from March 30 to June 30.

The airline also suspended its London-Los Angeles service from March 20 (departing from Los Angeles) and March 21 (departing from London Heathrow) through June 30.

A number of countries have closed their borders in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This has led to airlines around the world cutting capacity or suspending international flying altogether, such as QantasVirgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad, Vietnam Airlines, and HK Express.

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