Air New Zealand plans to operate around 55 per cent of its usual domestic capacity (compared to pre-Covid-19 levels) during July and August.

The carrier is currently operating around 20 per cent of its usual domestic capacity compared with pre-Covid-19 levels. It 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.

Air New Zealand General Manager Networks Scott Carr says the airline continues to further build its domestic schedule.

“We’ve been encouraged by demand from leisure travellers recently and we’re also expecting demand for business travel to continue to build. As a result, we have been working to add more flying to our domestic schedule from next month and this includes additional services for the July school holidays,” he said.

Carr added that the carrier plans to resume its Invercargill-Auckland A320 jet service which will operate four return services a week, as well as its Invercargill-Wellington, Christchurch-Rotorua and Christchurch-New Plymouth routes.

The airline said flights will be “progressively” available to book over the coming days via the Air New Zealand website. It also said additional frequencies will continue to be reintroduced back into the schedule as demand permits.

The airline will operate the following return services in July and August:

Auckland to/from:

Destination Weekly returns Aircraft type
Blenheim 16 Q300
Christchurch 59 A320
Dunedin 13 A320
Gisborne 23 Q300
Invercargill 4 A320
Kerikeri 16 Q300
Napier 36 ATR/Q300
Nelson 32 ATR/Q300
New Plymouth 25 ATR/Q300
Palmerston North 37 ATR
Rotorua 10 Q300
Tauranga 28 ATR/Q300
Taupo 9 Q300
Wellington 64 A320
Whangarei 17 Q300
Queenstown 47 A320

Wellington to/from:

Destination Weekly returns Aircraft type
Blenheim 17 Q300
Dunedin 19 A320/ATR
Gisborne 11 Q300
Hamilton 27 ATR/Q300
Invercargill 7 Q300
Napier 16 ATR
Nelson 33 ATR/Q300
New Plymouth 16 ATR/Q300
Rotorua 16 ATR/Q300
Tauranga 22 ATR/Q300
Timaru 9 Q300
Queenstown 19 A320/ATR

Christchurch to/from:

Destination Weekly returns Aircraft type
Dunedin 25 ATR
Hokitika 9 Q300
Hamilton 15 ATR
Invercargill 20 ATR
Napier 15 ATR/Q300
Nelson 25 Q300
New Plymouth 7 Q300
Palmerston North 19 ATR
Rotorua 7 Q300
Tauranga 10 Q300
Wellington 66 A320/ATR/Q300
Queenstown 18 A320/ATR