News for South Pacific

Air New Zealand reports 'strong demand' for Rarotonga services

14 January, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (14-Jan-2022) plans to operate daily Auckland-Rarotonga service, following the resumption of Cook Islands-New Zealand travel. Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and safety officer David Morgan said there is "strong demand for these flights in January and some seat availability in late January and February". Additionally, between 20-Jan-2022 and 23-Jan-2022 the carrier is "trialling our new Economy Works and Works Deluxe breakfast offerings". [more - original PR]

Qantas And Jetstar Airways adjust Q3FY2022 capacity

13 January, 2022

Qantas and Jetstar Airways adjusted (13-Jan-2022) aeronautical service levels to better match travel demand in light of the sudden growth in coronavirus cases. The Qantas Group now expects domestic capacity for Q3FY2022 to be at around 70% of pre-coronavirus levels, down from the 102% that had been planned. The schedule changes are focused on reducing frequency of services and size of aircraft to minimise inconvenience for passengers as much as possible. The group's total international capacity for the same period will fall from 30% to around 20% of pre-COVID levels. This reduction is driven by increased travel restrictions in countries like Japan, Thailand and Indonesia and is mostly impacting Jetstar's leisure routes. Other markets, including London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Johannesburg and India continue to perform well. Qantas and Jetstar continue to have 100% of their available Australian-based crew stood up, which has helped to minimise the resourcing impacts of some needing to self-isolate during the summer peak. This will be maintained despite the capacity reductions, giving both airlines a significant buffer to manage ongoing isolation requirements. [more - original PR]

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation: Cook Islands travel bubble resumes on 14-Jan-2022

13 January, 2022

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation stated (14-Jan-2022) two way quarantine free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands resumed on 14-Jan-2022, ending a five month border closure for the Cook Islands due to coronavirus. Tourism is the mainstay of the Cook Islands' economy, comprising 70% of GDP. In 2021, the travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands was in place for three months, between May-2021 and Aug-2021, following a 15 month border closure due to coronavirus. [more - original PR]

Air Niugini resumes Kieta service

13 January, 2022

Air Niugini announced (13-Jan-2022) plans to resume Kieta service from 25-Jan-2022. Services to Kieta had been suspended at the direction of the Regional Pandemic Controller for Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) since Oct-2021 due to increasing coronavirus case numbers, however this direction was revoked on 13-Jan-2022. In addition, the Regional Pandemic Controller for AROB has advised that, effective from today, COVID tests are no longer required for travellers to AROB, however other public health measures must be observed. The service will be operated twice weekly, connecting Kieta with Port Moresby, Rabaul/Tokua, and Buka. Air Niugini already operates six weekly Fokker jet services to Buka. [more - original PR]

 

CAAC suspends more international services under COVID policy

13 January, 2022

CAAC stated (10/11-Jan-2022) the following international services will be suspended for two weeks after passengers on the services tested positive for coronavirus in Dec-2021/Jan-2022:

  • Suspension from 10-Jan-2022:
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Shenzhen service;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen;
    • China Southern Airlines' Amsterdam-Guangzhou;
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou;
    • China Southern's Nairobi-Changsha service suspended for four weeks;
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Tianjin service suspended for eight weeks from 06-Jan-2022;
  • Suspension from 17-Jan-2022:
    • China Southern's Islamabad-Wuhan service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Iberia's Madrid-Hangzhou suspended;
    • Iberia's Madrid-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Amsterdam-Xiamen;
    • China Eastern Airlines' New York-Shanghai;
    • China Southern's Paris-Guangzhou service suspended for four weeks;
    • China Eastern's Sydney-Hangzhou;
    • China Eastern's Sydney-Shanghai;
    • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Amsterdam-Hangzhou;
    • Delta's Seattle-Shanghai;
    • Kenya Airways' Nairobi-Guangzhou;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Delta's Detroit-Shanghai;
  • Suspension from 24-Jan-2022:
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Shenzhen service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Philippine Airlines' Manila-Tianjin service suspended for four weeks;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air China's Minsk-Hohhot service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Amsterdam-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Neos' Milan-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Delta's Seattle-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 31-Jan-2022:
    • Ethiopian Airlines' Addis Ababa-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Los Angeles-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further eight weeks;
    • LOT Polish Airlines' Warsaw-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air China's Stockholm-Beijing service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 07-Feb-2022:

Perth Airport pax down 12% in Dec-2021, 6.5m pax in 2021

13 January, 2022

Perth Airport reported (12-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 463,857, -12.0% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 455,275, -11.9%;
      • International: 8582, -15.6%;
    • Aircraft movements: 8224, -7.2%;
  • 2021:
    • Passengers: 6.5 million, +0.8%;
      • Domestic: 6.4 million, +17.6%;
      • International: 113,999, -88.8%;
    • Aircraft movements: 102,149, +7.5%. [more - original PR]
 

Tahiti Tourisme reports travel restrictions for French Polynesia

12 January, 2022

Tahiti Tourisme, via its official website, stated (07-Jan-2022) French Polynesia's Government agreed that vaccinated travellers from the US and from countries in the orange zone (including Canada), will not be required to quarantine. If a vaccinated traveller tests positive on arrival, they must quarantine for seven days.

China Eastern Airlines to suspend Hangzhou-Sydney service in 1Q2022

12 January, 2022

China Eastern Airlines announced (11-Jan-2022) plans to temporarily suspend Hangzhou-Sydney service between 17-Jan-2022 and 26-Mar-2022. The carrier also plans to suspend passenger service from Sydney to Shanghai between 19-Jan-2022 and 26-Jan-2022. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Christchurch Airport pax up 2% to 3.5m in 2021

11 January, 2022

Christchurch International Airport, via its official website, reported (11-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights for 2021:

  • Passengers: 3.5 million, +2.0% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 3.4 million, +14.4%;
    • International: 76,548, -82.7%.

Germany adds 39 countries to 'high risk' COVID-19 list

11 January, 2022

Germany's Robin Koch Institute (RKI), via its official website, announced (07-Jan-2022) the following have been declared 'high risk' COVID-19 areas, effective 09-Jan-2022:

  • Angola;
  • Argentina;
  • Australia;
  • Bahamas;
  • Bahrain;
  • Belize;
  • Bolivia;
  • Cabo Verde;
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo;
  • Cote d'Ivoire;
  • Estonia;
  • Fiji;
  • France: Including French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy;
  • Gabon;
  • Ghana;
  • Grenada;
  • Guinea;
  • Iceland;
  • Israel;
  • Jamaica;
  • Qatar;
  • Kenya;
  • Comoros;
  • Kuwait;
  • Luxembourg;
  • Mali;
  • Mauritania;
  • Netherlands: Including Aruba and Curacao;
  • Nigeria;
  • Panama;
  • Rwanda;
  • Zambia;
  • Sweden;
  • Sierra Leone;
  • South Sudan;
  • Togo;
  • Uganda;
  • Uruguay;
  • United Arab Emirates.

Travellers from these areas arriving in Germany must be fully vaccinated or recovered from coronavirus, otherwise they must undergo a 10 day quarantine, which can be reduced to five days in the result of a negative test result on the fifth day. Unvaccinated travellers from these areas are also required to provide a negative PCR test prior to departure. Ukraine has been removed from the high risk classification.

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