- Airlines have been mauled by the COVID-19 coronavirus and the industry has cried out for help from governments to survive a crisis that could cripple a key sector of the economy.
Stuff.co.nz reports that in a letter sent to staff today, Chief Executive Greg Foran laid out a plan and timeline to get Air New Zealand back on its feet, which included removing around $150 million more from its wage bill starting today, though it hoped to do much of it through leave without pay, reduced hours, job share, voluntary exits, with redundancies as the last option. But the restored flights did not last long.
The company has announced that all routes are again suspended as of June 5 due to widespread issues with passengers not properly observing coronavirus-related rules related to social distancing and health disclosures.
"Many passengers had to cancel their trip because they could not show the required documents", a spokesman for the airline told the paper after the airline reopened earlier this week.
In addition to the Bangkok-Jakarta route, Thai Lion Air plans to restart other routes from Bangkok to Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan.
The Jakarta-based airline had taken steps to ensure safety on board, such as blocking out middle seats, deep-cleaning planes and replacing HEPA filters on aircraft where any passenger had been suspected of illness.
Further north, Queenstown appears ready for a boost as well - from July, Queenstown will have 47 weekly return flights from Auckland; 19 weekly returns from Wellington; and 18 weekly returns from Christchurch. Lion Air is offering refunds to passengers who had already booked their tickets, but it's not allowing anyone to make new reservations for the time being.