Air New Zealand cargo flights included in extended government Covid program
Air New Zealand will again offer cargo flights as part of the country’s Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) program.
The last cycle of the program started in June and will run until the end of October. ANZ was one of five airlines to offer services under this program.
The airline will operate around 30 flights per week to 13 destinations, including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul, Guangzhou, San Francisco, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Niue.
It will also offer trans-Tasman and Cook Islands services outside of the program, as travel bubbles have now been established with those destinations.
Air New Zealand’s general cargo manager Anna Palairet said it was encouraging to have secured more flights under the scheme.
“MIAC is helping our community of importers and exporters maintain essential trade with key international markets during a period of prolonged disruption and we are truly proud to be a part of that goal. Harnessing these services also allows us to bring Kiwis home to places where other commercial services have not been able to function, ”she said.
“The New Zealand Department of Transport has done an amazing job with the program and it’s fantastic to see it continue to provide stable support until passenger travel begins again.
“With the Tasman and Rarotonga bubbles now operational, services to Australia and the Cook Islands are currently not included in the program. However, we are fortunate that the program provides a mechanism to support the movement of freight to these markets if these bubbles burst to ensure a stable supply chain. “
The program which aims to maintain the connectivity of the air cargo supply chain in light of the reduction of passenger operations through subsidies.
Other airlines offering flights through the program include: Emirates, China Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui and Korean Air.