Emirates will pause any new bookings for flights to New Zealand for the next three weeks following a government issued directive to airlines operating services into the country, according to a report from Newshub.
“New bookings on Emirates’ flights to Auckland will temporarily be unavailable for the next three weeks. Existing bookings during this period will remain unaffected,” a spokesperson for the airline told Newshub.
This follows an announcement from the New Zealand government that Air New Zealand will stop selling tickets to flights into New Zealand temporarily to manage the number of people needing quarantine accommodation, added the report from Newshub.
New Zealand moved to alert level 1 in June, the lowest level in its four-tier alert system. Under alert level 1, borders remain closed to foreign nationals.
New Zealand citizens and residents may return to the country but will be subject to restrictions upon entry, according to New Zealand’s government. All people arriving in New Zealand are required to undergo either quarantine or managed isolation for 14 days, according to the New Zealand government’s website.
Yesterday, Air New Zealand put a hold on new bookings on international services into New Zealand following a request from the country’s government.
“The move is to help ensure the country is able to provide quarantine accommodation for inbound passengers for the required 14-day period,” said the airline.