Flag carrier Air New Zealand has reported domestic business and corporate travel returning to 90% of pre-Covid-19 levels, based on its latest figures.

“Our initial hopes were a return to 70% next year, so to recover to near normal levels this quickly really reinforces the strength of our domestic network and the desire of Kiwis to reconnect in person,” the airline’s chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty states.

Air New Zealand A321neo

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An Air New Zealand A321neo at Auckland International Airport in August 2019

This defies global trends, the airline says, adding: “In many places around the world, such as the United States, business travel is only sitting at around 15% of domestic travel.”

Geraghty states that in response to increased demand, Air New Zealand has added seats and business-timed flights and is bringing on more crew.

“We have planned a schedule that enables business travel through increased frequency and connectivity, and are also regularly reviewing opportunities to add capacity, such as deploying our larger Airbus A321 aircraft on strongly booked flights.

“We have also reduced our top-class fares, meaning customers booking at short notice will pay up to NZ$100 ($70) less per seat.”