Air New Zealand stated Friday it would boost domestic capability to 20% of usual ranges once the nation further relaxes pandemic restrictions, but it can not offer its lowest fares because of social distancing requirements.
New Zealand will determine Monday whether or not to lower its alert level to 2 from 3, which would permit the return of non-essential domestic travel as the nation, which at present has relatively few COVID-19 patients, eases its lockdown.
Air New Zealand said, at level 2, it will operate to the majority of domestic airports, but social distancing measures meant it might sell just under 50% of the seats on its turboprops and 65% on an Airbus A320.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents world airlines, earlier this week came out against leaving middle seats empty on a plane, a measure it had previously mentioned was likely. IATA stated most airways would have been unable to make money in 2019.
Air New Zealand stated it anticipated the up-gradation of domestic flight frequencies to be a slow journey.
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association stated on Friday virtually 300 of its 1,200 Air New Zealand jet pilot members had been made redundant or accepted early retirement. The 900 remaining on the payroll have agreed to take what equates to a 30% pay cut over the subsequent nine months, the union stated.