Air New Zealand is set to relaunch 24 international routes, including some long-haul operations and routes to tropical islands, as the country gets prepared to open its border.
The Government has announced a five-step reopening plan that starts progressively in February. The national carrier has responded with plans to restart flying to popular destinations like Singapore, Hawaii, San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago.
The Auckland to Singapore route is the first big international restart, with flights set to resume on March 27.
Another long-haul route will be relaunched in April, with Auckland to San Francisco services set to return on April 14. By July, flights to Houston will return before flights to Chicago return on September 30.
The new long-haul routes will operate alongside flights to Taipei, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Vancouver and Los Angeles – which are already operating.
Kiwis keen for a tropical holiday are also in for a treat. Flights from Auckland to Honolulu, Tahiti and New Caledonia will resume in July. Services from Wellington and Christchurch to Fiji will also resume that month. These flights will sit alongside Air New Zealand services to Rarotonga, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji – which are already operating…