Hop Onboard with Air New Zealand for Easter Holidays

As Easter approaches, Air New Zealand is egg-cited to welcome an anticipated 210,000 customers onboard, an impressive 68% increase from last year.
06 April 2023
  • 210,000 customers across the Easter season (up 68% on 2022)
  • A total 700,000 customers travelling across April school holidays
  • Serving hot cross buns and Easter treats onboard and in lounges
  • Rolling out new kid-friendly headphones and Kia Ora Kids activity book for the kids

With flights departing to around 50 destinations, Air New Zealand is ready to whisk customers away on their holiday break.

Air New Zealand's busiest day is today (Thursday 6 April), when 50,000 Easter bunnies will be hopping onboard to start their Easter break early. Popular domestic destinations across Easter weekend include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown while popular international routes include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and further afield Singapore, Houston and Los Angeles.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says Air New Zealand is delighted to see so many customers hopping onboard with us this Easter season.

"Nothing says 'Easter' quite like a hot cross bun! We'll be serving up some fresh buns and other Easter treats onboard flights and in our lounges to help get everyone into the holiday spirit."

But the Easter season is not the only time Air New Zealand expects a flurry of activity.

"During the April school holidays, we expect to carry more than 700,000 passengers across our network, making it one of the busiest periods of the year. Families will be flying to popular domestic destinations such as Rotorua, Queenstown, and the Bay of Islands to make the most of the school break

"Our airports team and cabin crew will be looking after the 5,800 unaccompanied minors travelling on our network during this time.

"We'll also be welcoming around 800 pets over the school holiday period."

Air New Zealand is also rolling out several initiatives to help keep children entertained and engaged during the flight.

"We know traveling with kids can come with its challenges, which is why we're rolling out new kid-friendly headphones that fit smaller ears and re-introducing our popular Kia Ora Kids activity book. We're always looking for ways to make the travel experience better for our smallest flyers.

"Whether customers are traveling with their family or flying solo for an egg-scape, we're here to help them relax, unwind, and enjoy their journey with us."

As we approach the busy Easter season and school holidays, Air New Zealand would like to remind all customers to be prepared for potential delays and longer wait times at the airport.

"While we're excited to have so many customers flying with us this Easter season, we also want to remind everyone that airports may be busy during this time. We encourage customers to plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get through security and to your gate. Checking in online and packing light are golden rules to make the journey easier."



Note to editor: Easter dates are 6-11 April and school holiday dates are 6-23 April.

Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service AirlineRatings.com, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.