Air New Zealand passengers will be required to
wear a mask for face covering from 31 August 2020 onwards.
The decision, which has been a requirement
on all routes of most major airlines for quite some time now, follows the New
Zealand government's mandate to require masks or face coverings
to be worn on all public transport, including aircraft.
Air New Zealand passengers flying from Auckland
have been required to wear masks while it has been at Alert Level
3 , but it was previously only a recommendation for customers
travelling from other ports.
"We will now start to review our domestic network
and will be contacting customers who may be affected by the
extension of current Alert Levels, said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Greg Foran.
"We understand the impacts these disruptions cause to our
customers and we'll do our best to get our customers to where they
need to be."
Fare flexibility is still in place and the airline
encourages those who no longer wish to fly to opt to hold their
fare in credit through its online booking tool.
The airline has been operating a reduced domestic
schedule to and from Auckland while it has been at Alert Level 3.
Requirements on the rest of Air New Zealand's network remains
unchanged but with physical distancing in place.
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