Air New Zealand has announced the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand has resulted in the decision not to resume operation of its suspended Auckland-Buenos Aires and Los Angeles-London routes, the company said.
The airline has also taken the decision to postpone the commencement of its non-stop Auckland-New York service from 29 October 2020 until late 2021 at the earliest.
Along with 95 percent of its international flying, Air New Zealand´s Buenos Aires and Los Angeles-London routes are currently suspended through to 30 June due to government travel bans and low demand.
Last year, the airline announced its plan to exit the Los Angeles-London route in October 2020 and in March brought forward the closure of its London cabin crew base.
Air New Zealand is currently operating a limited international network through to 30 June to keep air links open for essential travel and cargo movement on key trade routes. Total capacity has been reduced to 95 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels and demand will be reviewed on a route-by-route basis before services are resumed.