With Monday’s announcement by the Government to lift physical distancing on aircraft, Air New Zealand was able to release thousands of seats for sale and offer some very attractive fares. These have been selling really well, and I wanted to take the opportunity today to look ahead into the month of October.
While recent weeks have certainly been a setback, we are banking on a return of demand with the October schedule. Our standard October week will see 45 return services on NPE AKL; 21 return services on NPE CHC; and 19 return services on NPE WLG. And we will be adding in flights for the two weeks of the school holidays. In total, this gets us to 77% of the seats that we were flying during the corresponding period last year.
The updates for October also enable same day business return trips between Hawke’s Bay and Wellington on each day of the working week, as well as for the Auckland route. The Wellington schedule, therefore, fills out a Monday/Tuesday gap raised with me on my most recent visit to the region last month. Any efforts to encourage take up of these services will be much appreciated.
- NPE WLG 0705/0805; WLG NPE 1540/1640 and 1905/2005 (business day in Wellington)
- WLG NPE 0810/0910; NPE WLG 1725/1825 (business day in Hawke’s Bay)
It’s also worth noting that Air NZ’s announcement on Monday included removing change fees for domestic flights booked for travel up until 31 March 2021. Customers will be able to change their flight to a new date or time, or if they no longer wish to travel, they can put their fare in credit for a later trip. The past weeks have shown us how Covid19 can disrupt plans, whether for leisure or business travel or planned events, and we want to do our part to give customers flexibility, as well as confidence to local businesses and event organisers.
Finally, I attach a feature article from the September edition of Kia Ora magazine, profiling Hawke’s Bay for family getaways.
The full edition of Kia Ora magazine can be found online here.