Air New Zealand adding quarantine flights between Australia and New Zealand in December

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In line with the New Zealand government’s release of MIQ rooms at 6pm tonight (28 September), Air New Zealand has added 31 ‘red’ flights to its schedule in December for customers wanting to return from Australia before 31 December. The ‘red’ (quarantine) flights will sit alongside the current ‘green’ (quarantine free) flights available in the booking system and will be labelled accordingly. The airline’s ‘red’ services flight numbers will start with NZ8, the ‘green’ services will start with NZ1.

As quarantine-free travel with Australia is paused up until the end of November, the airline still has green (quarantine-free) flights available to book from December. However, these flights will be cancelled if the quarantine-free travel pause is extended. If customers currently booked on a green flight wish to transfer their booking to a red flight, we recommend they go online to put their flight into credit and then use the credit to rebook onto a red service. The airline’s red flights from Australia to New Zealand are available to book now. Customers will have 48 hours following securing an MIQ room to book their flights.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says so long as there are MIQ spaces available in New Zealand, the airline will continue to operate flights to reconnect customers with their friends…We understand this continues to be a very distressing time for people trying to get home. We’re committed to doing everything we can to get customers back to where they need to be as safely and quickly as possible. There are plenty of seats available so we are confident that if customers secure an MIQ space they will be able to book onto one of our red flights.”

December red flight schedule:

Flight numberRouteDay of weekDeparture timeDates
NZ840BNE-AKLSat11:40am11 Dec, 25 Dec
NZ846BNE-AKLTue + Sat3:40pm4 Dec, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 18 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec
NZ864SYD-AKLFri12:45pm3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
NZ862SYD-AKLMon + Thu2:45pm2-30 Dec
NZ886MEL-AKLWed + Sun12:20pm1-29 Dec


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