New Zealand could see its air connectivity ‘withering on the vine’ next year if we can’t project a clear plan soon on how we plan to open up safely to the world, says Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers.
He says there is also an urgent need for Government support to keep many of the hundreds of workers who werere-employed when the trans-Tasman bubble opened kept in jobs through to the end of the year.
‘As the Northern Hemisphere opens up with flights around Europe and North America, and between the two, some of our members are reporting increasing pressure from network planners to take aircraft onto these routes. That’s starting to happen.’
Airlines are calling for an extension of support packages from government following the Prime Minister’s forecast of keeping the border closed until the latter part of 2021.
New Zealand is at severe risk of losing what few international air links it has left, says Justin Tighe-Umbers, executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ).
The Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) is supporting the implementation of pre-departure tests.
Airlines have quickly actioned predeparture testing for Covid-19 in the United States and the United Kingdom. Now airlines flying to New Zealand will work with the New Zealand Government to ensure the same testing protocols are in place for other destinations by 25 January.
The Board of Airline Representatives in New Zealand (BARNZ) continues to advocate for a two-speed then three-speed approach to travel from source markets depending on their Covid risk profile.
And BARNZ executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers told the Tourism Export Council NZ Xmas Symposium this week that he is still hopeful of an open border to the Cook Islands before