News for South Pacific

Wamos Air to temporarily operate Auckland-Perth service on behalf of Air New Zealand

20 October, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (20-Oct-2022) daily return Auckland-Perth service will be operated by Wamos Air on behalf of Air New Zealand from 15-Nov-2022 to 16-Feb-2023. Flights will be operated with 280 seat A330-200 aircraft. [more - original PR]

New Zealand removes all COVID-19 entry requirements

20 October, 2022

New Zealand's Government announced (19-Oct-2022) all COVID-19 entry requirements will be removed, effective immediately. Passengers travelling to New Zealand will no longer be required to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration. All other New Zealand entry/visa and NZeTA requirements remain unchanged. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways suspends launch of three times weekly Perth-Johannesburg service

19 October, 2022

Qantas Airways removed plans to launch three times weekly Perth-Johannesburg service on 01-Nov-2022, as per a 19-Oct-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display. 

Air New Zealand improves offering on longer Tasman and Island services

18 October, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (18-Oct-2022) the following improvements to Tasman and Island services: 

  • Perth and Tahiti: 
    • All new economy bookings made on services will receive a full inflight service offering from 30-Oct-2022;
    • From 20-Oct-2022, Seat and Seat+bag fares will no longer be available to be booked on flights departing after 30-Oct-2022;
    • Customers will now be able to choose between The Works (economy), premium economy and Business Premier;
    • During the transition period, customers who have purchased a Seat or Seat+bag prior to 20-Oct-2022 will receive a full meal and beverage service and inflight entertainment if travelling post 30-Oct-2022;
    • Original ticketed baggage allowance, Airpoints Dollars and Status Points accrual will apply to existing tickets;
  • Honolulu: 
    • From 30-Oct-2022, Honolulu flights will move to a full-service offering;
    • Customers can choose between economy, premium economy and Business Premier on these flights;
    • During the transition period, customers who have purchased a seat, Seat+bag or The Works will automatically receive our full service economy offering;
    • Original ticketed baggage allowance, Airpoints Dollars and Status Points accrual will apply to existing tickets. [more - original PR]

T'way Air to commence Seoul-Sydney service in Dec-2022

17 October, 2022

T'way Air plans to commence four times weekly Seoul Incheon-Sydney service on 23-Dec-2022, operated with A330-300 equipment (Yonhap News, 17-Oct-2022). This will be the LCC's first long haul international service. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines also operate the route, according to OAG.

Air Canada schedules 16 international frequency adjustments for summer 2023 schedule

14 October, 2022

Air Canada announced (13-Oct-2022) the following planned frequency adjustments for summer 2023, in comparison with the carrier's summer 2022 schedule:

  • Montreal-Algiers: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Frankfurt: Increase from twice daily to 19 times weekly (in partnership with Lufthansa)
  • Montreal-Geneva: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Montreal-Nice: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Sao Paulo: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Montreal-Tel Aviv: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Toyko Narita: Increase from twice weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Barcelona: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Copenhagen: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Toronto-Dubai: Increase from three times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Edinburgh: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-London Heathrow: Increase from three to four times daily;
  • Toronto-Madrid: Increase from five to six times weekly;
  • Toronto-Tokyo Narita: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Brisbane: Increase from four times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Hong Kong: Increase from three times weekly to daily. [more - original PR]

Qantas Group to increase international capacity to 77% of pre COVID levels in H2FY2023

13 October, 2022

Qantas Group forecast (13-Oct-2022) international capacity is expected to increase from 61% of pre COVID levels in H1FY2023 to 77% in H2FY2023. This is largely determined by the ability to return additional A380s from storage and required maintenance, as well as the delivery of three new Boeing 787-9s for Qantas International and additional A321LRs for Jetstar. Domestic capacity will be 94% of pre COVID levels for H1FY2023, growing to around 100% for H2FY2023. [more - original PR]

Zamibia Tourism Agency waives tourist visa requirements for selected countries

10 October, 2022

Zamibia Tourism Agency, via its official Facebook account, announced (01-Oct-2022) tourist visa requirements were waived for Australia, Canada, China, European Union, Gulf States, Japan, Norway, South Korea, UK and US, effective 01-Oct-2022.

Air Niugini: Papua New Guinea removes coronavirus related travel restrictions

7 October, 2022

Air Niugini announced (06-Oct-2022) Papua New Guinea removed all coronavirus restrictions associated with air travel. This includes the requirement to wear a mask whilst inside airport terminals, or wear a mask on an aircraft. It also removes the requirement that passengers travelling to Papua New Guinea from overseas have to show evidence of having been vaccinated against coronavirus. [more - original PR]

Regional Express (Rex) launches 'Rex Bid Up' programme

6 October, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) announced (05-Oct-2022) plans to introduce real time bidding for an upgrade to business class on domestic jet services. The initiative is part of a series of passenger enhancements being rolled out ahead of the upcoming launch of the airline's new loyalty programme. This will include the introduction of a neighbour free seating product in the economy cabin across the airline's domestic and regional networks, and new or expanded lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. As part of a special introductory offer to launch the 'Rex Bid Up' programme, minimum bidding across the airline's domestic network will start from AUD10 (USD6.5). [more - original PR]

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