Air New Zealand Cancels About 120 Quarantine-Free Flights

Omicron’s spread in Australia has pushed back the timeline for unrestricted air travel across the Tasman.

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Following the decision by New Zealand’s government to delay the start of quarantine-free travel from Australia, the country’s flag carrier has been forced to cancel around 120 of its services through February. In a statement, Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said, “While this news is disappointing for the airline, we know these changes are put in place to keep Aotearoa safe. We’ll now need to navigate our way through what these changes mean for our customers, as we have done over the past 23 months.”

The airline estimates that about 27,000 customers will be impacted. Most of the canceled services are across the Tasman, with only a small reduction in frequency on some long-haul flights. All existing quarantine-free flights from Australia to New Zealand between January 17 and February 28, 2022 have been scrapped and there will be a limited schedule of quarantine flights available to book.

Customers are being asked to check the airline’s Travel Alerts page for further updates, and those who still wish to travel to New Zealand will need to secure a MIQ allocation before booking a seat on a quarantine flight. The airline will continue to operate a reduced schedule from New Zealand to Australia but will be consolidating its schedule and only operating services out of Auckland.

Meanwhile, passengers with bookings who no longer wish to travel can use the online self-service tool to hold their fare in credit. Air New Zealand’s international flexibility policy is in place for flights scheduled to depart before June 30, 2022, allowing customers to change their travel dates with no change fees.

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