Jetstar to Resume Domestic Service in New Zealand From September 17, 2020
Jetstar announced on Monday that they will resume scheduled domestic services in New Zealand from September 17, 2020. The decision was made after the lifting of onboard social distancing restrictions, which now allows the airline to utilize middle seats.
On Monday (September 14, 2020), Jetstar announced that after the lifting of onboard social distancing restrictions banning the use of middle seats, they will resume domestic services in New Zealand starting September 17, 2020. Following a four week suspension, the carrier will now resume up to 75 flights on six domestic routes, approximately 60 percent of their pre-pandemic schedule. In accordance with government regulations, face masks will be required on all flights. Additionally, Jetstar will issue ‘Fly Well’ packs at gates and/or onboard which include masks and sanitizing wipes. In Monday’s announcement, Jetstar Group’s CEO Gareth Evans, said,
“We’re really pleased to get our planes and our people back in the sky, right in time for school holidays so we can help reconnect family and friends across the country. We also know that our low fares services help to bring more people to the communities we fly to – boosting local economies and creating jobs – which is vital after what has been a tough period for many small businesses and towns. New Zealanders love to explore their own back yard – the bounce back in demand following our previous suspension was really strong. We know Kiwis are excited about getting back in the air to visit loved ones or discover a new part of this incredible country.”
The Jetstar Group consists of Jetstar Airways (a Qantas Group subsidiary) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Pacific Airlines in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan. Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Jetstar branded carriers operated around 5,000 weekly flights to over 85 destinations.