Air New Zealand said it is adjusting its international network to match demand and government travel restrictions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


The airline will operate a limited international network from 30 March to 31 May 2020 to enable essential travel and to keep air freight moving through key cargo corridors to North America and Asia.


Overall, it said its nternational capacity will reduce by 95% from pre-coronavirus outbreak levels.


The airline’s international schedule from 30 March to 31 May will include a three return service in the Aukland-Sydney route, a two return service in the Aukland-Brisbane route and another two weekly service from Aukland to Melbourne.


The airline will also operate one return service from Aukland-Rarotonga, Fiji, Niue, and Norfolk, while Samoa and Tonga are currently not allowing international flights.


Long-haul services


For long-haul services, Air New Zealand said it will operate three return services from Aukland to Los Angeles, two return services between Aukland and Hong Kong and a return service on alternate days on the Aukland-Shanghai route starting May 2. 


"The airline is retiming its Hong Kong service to a night operation ex Auckland and Hong Kong to maximise connection opportunities for cargo," Air New Zealand said.


It noted that all services are subject to change as governments continue to introduce or change travel and border restrictions.