The carrier will also establish a temporary crew base in Brisbane to support these services.
Four months after it was forced to suspend flights between Norfolk Island and mainland Australia because of aircrew-related restrictions, Air New Zealand has extended its agreement with the Australian government to run domestic services on the route from August 30, 2021 until the end of August 2023. The carrier will be deploying Airbus A320s for up to three flights per week from both Brisbane and Sydney.
In a statement, the airline’s Chief Operating Officer Carrie Hurihanganui said Air New Zealand would establish a temporary pilot and cabin crew base in Brisbane until November 30, to ensure its services to Norfolk Island would not be affected by potential disruptions to the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
“Air New Zealand has been operating between Australia and Norfolk Island since 2012, and was the only airline operating scheduled services between Norfolk and mainland Australia during 2020. We know our customers value these services, and we’re thrilled to be able to resume the route from late August.
“We’d like to thank Qantas for stepping in to operate the route over the past few months to ensure continuity of flights for our customers.”
Air New Zealand’s Norfolk Island schedule from August 30 is as follows:
|Flight number||Origin||Destination||Departure time||Arrival time||Day of week|
|NZ914||Brisbane||Norfolk Island||10:15 a.m.||1:30 p.m.||Monday, Thursday, Saturday|
|NZ915||Norfolk Island||Brisbane||2:40 p.m.||4:05 p.m.||Tuesday, Friday, Sunday|
|NZ912||Sydney||Norfolk Island||9:55 a.m.||1:35 p.m.||Tuesday, Friday, Saturday|
|NZ913||Norfolk Island||Sydney||2:40 p.m.||4:30 p.m.||Monday, Thursday, Saturday|
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