Air New Zealand and South Korea’s major airlines will keep their international schedules pared down, according to updates from the carriers.
Air New Zealand is extending its minimal schedule, which has 95% of its capacity cut, through to the end of June, it said on 11 April.
It is maintaining three services from Auckland – thrice a week to Sydney and twice weekly to Brisbane and Melbourne – while its only long-haul routes are thrice weekly to Los Angeles, twice weekly to Hong Kong and three return services to Shanghai from 31 May.
The carrier will also operate a handful of Pacific routes, and says that should Samoa, Tonga and Fiji end restrictions on international flights, it will likely operate one return service per week from Auckland.
Both have added some China destinations back into their schedules for May, with Korean notably adding Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou back at reduced frequencies. Asiana is adding some services to Dalian, Xian and Harbin, among others, back to its schedule in May.
Since 29 March, foreign airlines have been allowed only one route to China, with no more than one weekly flight, as part of China’s measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Korean will also add back more domestic routes and plans to operate all but two of its domestic services, albeit at reduced frequencies. Only routes from Seoul Incheon to Busan and Daegu have been suspended for the period until the end of May.