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Timing now 'critical' as airlines plan next year's routes

Brent Melville
Tue, 05 Oct 2021

Timing now 'critical' as airlines plan next year's routes
American Airlines, redeployed. (Image: Deposit Photos)
Brent Melville
Tue, 05 Oct 2021
Foreign airlines will pull New Zealand off their radar if they don’t see a flight path for border re-openings soon, an airline group says.Justin Tighe-Umbers, executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives (BARNZ), said the 16 major airlines currently servicing NZ want a clear path forward on how and when borders will reopen. If not, they could redeploy their aircraft into busier markets.Seasonal carriers like American Airlines, United and Air Canada have already ruled out coming back to NZ over this summer period.Tighe-Umbers...

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