(31 May 2021)
Air New Zealand has been awarded more international
cargo flights under the government’s Maintaining International Air
Connectivity (MIAC) scheme.
With the scheme extended through to October, the
airline will operate around 30 flights per week to 13 destinations
including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, as well as
maintaining air connectivity with key Pacific ports.
trans-Tasman and Cook Islands bubble
services are currently operating outside of the MIAC scheme.
Air New Zealand General Manager Cargo, Anna Palairet,
said, “MIAC is helping our import and export community
maintain essential trade with key international markets during an
extended period of disruption and we’re really proud to be part of
making that happen. Operating these services also allows us to
bring Kiwis home where other commercial services haven’t been able
“The New Zealand Ministry of Transport has done an
outstanding job with the scheme and it’s fantastic to see it
continuing to allow for stable support until passenger travel
begins to pick up again.
“With the Tasman and Rarotonga bubbles now in
operation, services to Australia and the Cook Islands are
currently not included in the scheme. However, we’re fortunate the
scheme provides a mechanism to support the movement of freight to
these markets if those bubbles burst to ensure a stable supply
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