Air New Zealand Cargo has signed an International
Airfreight Capacity agreement with New Zealand's Ministry of
Transport that will give exporters and importers the ability to
access key markets in a world where available air freight capacity
is reduced due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Rick Nelson, Air New Zealand General Manager Cargo,
said cargo customers will be able to access capacity across Air
New Zealandís traditional network, with a handful of exceptions.
Ports the airline will not operate cargo flights
to under the agreement are London and Buenos Aires. Singapore is
also not included in the initial phase.
"The new agreement means Air New Zealand can
publish scheduled cargo services into key markets which will allow
freight forwarders, exporters and importers to plan and operate
their logistics supply chains with certainty," Mr Nelson said. "We are working to offer connectivity to and from
the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as Houston and Chicago via
Los Angeles and San Francisco, Hong Kong and Narita gateways. This agreement will add significant value to New
Zealandís air cargo community, and we encourage the New Zealand
forwarding, export and import communities to get behind these
cargo options. Naturally, we hope the need to operate under an
agreement of this nature will be a short-term business model and
in time we'll be able to revert to our traditional model as demand
for passenger travel begins to pick up."
Air New Zealand,