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Bye Bye Restrictions: Air New Zealand Moves To Socially Distanced Free Flying

In response to the huge news that New Zealand is now COVID-free with all restrictions (except the reopening of its borders) lifted from 9 June, Air New Zealand has today shared what its customers can now expect while flying with the airline domestically.

In response to the huge news that New Zealand is now COVID-free with all restrictions (except the reopening of its borders) lifted from 9 June, Air New Zealand has today shared what its customers can now expect while flying with the airline domestically.

Yes! You heard it right. The quest to return to COVID-free flying (domestically anyway) is complete.

Behold! New Zealand is officially COVID-free and from 8 June at midnight will move to level 1 restrictions.

This means life returning to something similar to pre-coronavirus normality with social distancing measures and restrictions on mass gatherings removed.

And you can leave the hand sanitiser at home while you’re at it.

Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Nikki Goodman says Alert level 1 beginning from midnight 8 June will mark a return to normal with regards to domestic flying.

Beginning with the news everyone has been waiting to hear…

“Social distancing is no longer a requirement, unaccompanied minors will once again be able to travel domestically, and customers will be able to travel around New Zealand again with pets as checked baggage.

“Customers are still encouraged to check-in for their flight via the Air New Zealand mobile app to save time at the airport. We recommend allowing plenty of time to process through the airport as we expect to see more people travelling at this level. As we’ve adapted our processes to support customers through Alert Level 2, we’ve gained some great insight into changes that we will adopt going forward, and customers can expect to see some of these as they travel.

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“Our domestic lounges are open except for Auckland Domestic, which is undergoing refurbishment, and Wellington and Christchurch regional lounges which remain closed at this stage. Hot food will be available again and served to our customers, while other food will be pre-portioned and available at the buffet. Inflight, customers would have noticed our food and beverage service resumed under Alert level 2 with the exception of Koru Hour. We are working closely with our partners and suppliers to bring this back over the coming weeks.

“As always, our top priority is ensuring we keep our customers and people safe, so high touch surfaces onboard and in our lounges and airport spaces will continue to be cleaned regularly. Our jet aircraft are fitted with hospital-grade air systems that filter out viruses, and hand sanitiser will continue to be available across the airport, kiosks, service desks and all our aircraft for customers and staff to use as they wish.”

Nikki Goodman, General Manager Customer Experience, Air New Zealand

Not surprisingly, the Air New Zealand customer care centre has already been overwhelmed with Kiwi’s eager to safely revisit friends and family and get back out there asap.

“As we get back into more frequent flying, please be patient with us, as our contact centre and customer care teams continue to receive a high volume of enquiries. If your travel isn’t urgent, we’d appreciate if you would wait to contact us so that those with imminent travel can be prioritised. We’re thrilled to welcome more people on board, but please remember to be kind to our frontline employees – and if you are unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not travel.”

More details on the customer journey for level 1 restrictions can be found on the COVID-19 hub on the Air New Zealand website.

The airline plans to operate around 55 percent of its usual domestic capacity (compared to pre-COVID-19 levels) from July and August. On Monday 8 June the airline began operating to all 20 of the domestic ports it previously flew to.

Air New Zealand says the changes will be progressively rolled out over the coming days.

Find out more: Air New Zealand COVID-19 hub

READ: New Zealand Declared COVID-19 Free! Restrictions Lifted From Tomorrow 9 June