NZ announces big return to international market

Air New Zealand flew the first wave of visa-waiving visitors into Auckland this morning as NZ makes steps toward re-opening to the world.

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said yesterday that Flight NZ5, arriving from Los Angeles into Auckland at 5.45am today, will be packed with customers and excitement.

“We’ve got three flights arriving into Auckland on 2 May, which are filled to the brim with overseas visitors and returning Kiwis thrilled to land on New Zealand shores once again as they reconnect with family, start their studies or build their businesses,” Geraghty said.

“It’s great to have international tourists being able to visit our beautiful country again and explore everything Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer.”

The three Air New Zealand flights that arrived today were NZ5 Los Angeles – Auckland at 5:45am, NZ7 San Francisco – Auckland at 6:10am, and NZ953 Nadi – Auckland will arrive at 5pm.

“Demand has exceeded expectations with many of our services filling up,” Geraghty said.

“We’re pleased with how bookings are going across the network, both domestic and international. This is welcome news for the New Zealand tourism industry who has weathered a difficult storm over the past 800 days.

“To help New Zealand’s tourism industry recover, we’re ramping up our network as quickly as we can – with Honolulu and Houston routes resuming on 4 July and 7 July, respectively.

“We’re also seeing great demand out of New Zealand as Kiwis book their long-awaited winter getaway, with popular destinations like Fiji and Honolulu being snapped up.”