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Air New Zealand to resume flights from Auckland to Shanghai, Narita next week


Air New Zealand has announced that it will resume passenger flights between Auckland and Shanghai next week, with passengers subject to government border controls in each direction.

Pre-COVID19, Air New Zealand operated seven services per week on its Auckland-Shanghai route, however the route has been suspended since early February due to the pandemic

The airline will operate one return service per week between Auckland and Shanghai with the first flight departing Auckland on 22 June.

Flight NZ289 is scheduled to depart Auckland on Mondays at 23:00 and arrive in Shanghai at 07:15. The return flight, NZ288, is scheduled to leave Shanghai at 14:15 on Wednesdays, arriving back in Auckland at 05:45.

The airline will operate the route with Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

"Shanghai was the first route to be impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and government travel restrictions, so it's pleasing to be able to resume operating passenger services on this route from Monday," said Scott Carr, Air New Zealand's General Manager Networks. "While we have been operating some dedicated cargo flights between Auckland and Shanghai, it's great to be able to now open these services up for passengers to book and we expect Chinese nationals in New Zealand wanting to return to China, or New Zealanders in China seeking to return home, will look to use these services."

The airline also plans to resume flights to Narita, Tokyo from June 25 with one return service per week. Customers traveling on that service will also be subject to government border controls.

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Way to soon to resume

flights to anywhere in China. What r they thinking?

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I feel stupid asking this but is the NZ-Tokyo flight effectively restricted to Japanese nationals in the Tokyo direction? Can anyone else actually get through immigration at Narita?

Does this mean Japanese can start going on overseas holidays again? Are they doing so already to other destinations?

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Wow. Just wow. I guess the gains that they've gotten through careful control doesn't matter anymore. Here, I though Jacinda Ardern was one of the few truly prudent world leaders by comparison. People forget that China didn't get rich on its own merit, rather it was made rich by its enemies, the free capitalist democracies of the West. Add to that the systematic theft of intellectual and physical property so can they can rebrand such as "original" Chinese products.

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Can anyone buy travel insurance that doesn't exclude pandemics.

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These flights will just surely be people repatriating for now. Keen to get back to Japan though once there are fewer restrictions on movements.

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