Air New Zealand will operate “business-timed” flights in and out of a number of regional ports this month, said the carrier in a statement posted on its website.

The carrier said the flights, which will depart in the morning and arrive in the evening, will allow customers in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill to undertake a day of business in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Air New Zealand began resuming some of its domestic schedule after New Zealand entered Alert level 2, under which businesses are allowed to open and travel between regions is also permitted. The carrier is operating around 20 percent of its usual domestic capacity at Level 2 compared with pre-Covid-19 levels.

Air New Zealand General Manager Networks Scott Carr says the airline has also timed flights allowing those in the “main centres” to be able to fly to the majority of these regions for a day of business.

“Since publishing our domestic schedule for Alert Level 2, we’ve seen a good initial response from leisure travellers. As we further build our domestic schedule, we’re looking to cater for resumed business travel which we know helps support economic activity in regional New Zealand,” he said.

“As our corporate customers get moving again, we encourage take-up of these new services which depart first thing in the morning, returning in the late afternoon or evening,” he added.

The airline will operate the following schedule (local times):

Hamilton-Wellington Departs Hamilton 7:30am
Departs Wellington 6:05pm
Tauranga-Auckland Departs Tauranga 7:00am
Departs Auckland 6:15pm
Napier-Auckland Departs Napier 7:20am
Departs Auckland 3:30pm/6:30pm
New Plymouth-Auckland Departs New Plymouth 8:05am
Departs Auckland 4:25pm
New Plymouth-Wellington Departs New Plymouth 7:30am
Departs Wellington 5:00pm
Palmerston North-Auckland Departs Palmerston North 7:15am
Departs Auckland 4:30pm
Nelson-Auckland Departs Nelson 6:30am/8:05am
Departs Auckland 3:00pm/5.20pm
Nelson-Wellington Departs Nelson 7:05am
Departs Wellington 4:30pm/5:50pm
Nelson-Christchurch Departs Nelson 7:25am
Departs Christchurch 6:15pm
Dunedin-Christchurch Departs Dunedin 7:00am
Departs Christchurch 5:55pm
Invercargill-Christchurch Departs Invercargill 8:45am
Departs Christchurch 4:45pm