Air New Zealand welcomes Aussies back with open arms!

It's the day New Zealand has been waiting for, Air New Zealand is ready to welcome over 4,000 customers on board today as the border restrictions between Australian and New Zealand are removed.
13 April 2022

The airline has eleven near-full flights arriving from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth with the first touching down at 6:00am from Perth into Auckland.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says, "This is the first step in welcoming international visitors back to our shores and we couldn't be more excited for both New Zealand and Air New Zealand".

"We've seen high demand across the Tasman with Aussies keen to reconnect with friends and whānau both in New Zealand and Australia.

To help with this, last week we added an extra 96 trans-Tasman flights for April through to June, an increase of approximately 20,000 seats. We've also been ramping up capacity for the winter period so Aussies can enjoy our fantastic ski slopes here in New Zealand."

For a special Easter treat, customers who hop on board one of our international morning flights between 15 – 25 April will be treated to hot cross buns to enjoy at 32,000ft.

Travel looks a little different to what it once was so Air New Zealand is encouraging customers to complete the three steps below to make their journey as seamless as possible.


Travel Declaration

Completing travel declarations is more important than ever so make sure you check what's required for the country you are travelling to. For New Zealand travel declaration requirements click here.


Pre-departure testing

Some destinations, like New Zealand, require you to provide a negative pre-departure test before you travel. These all differ depending on where you are travelling so check the entry requirements before you fly. For New Zealand pre-departure testing requirements click here.


Proof of vaccination

Air New Zealand requires travelers on international services to be fully vaccinated. Customers can visit the airline's international travel requirements page for information on how to provide proof of full vaccination.


Air New Zealand is also gearing up its schedule from 11:59pm 1 May 2022 when visitors from visa waiver countries can enter Aotearoa without isolation.



Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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