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Air NZ to return to Shanghai

Air New Zealand will resume passenger flights between Auckland and Shanghai next week, with passengers subject to government border controls in each direction.

Pre-COVID-19, Air New Zealand operated seven services per week on its Auckland-Shanghai route, however the route has been suspended since early February due to the outbreak.

Air New Zealand general manager networks Scott Carr says the airline will operate one return service per week on its Auckland-Shanghai route with the first flight departing Auckland on June 22.

"Shanghai was the first route to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and government travel restrictions, so it’s pleasing to be able to resume operating passenger services on this route from Monday.

"While we have been operating some dedicated cargo flights between Auckland and Shanghai, it’s great to be able to now open these services up for passengers to book and we expect Chinese nationals in New Zealand wanting to return to China, or New Zealanders in China seeking to return home, will look to use these services."

The schedule for Auckland-Shanghai is as follows:

Date / Flight No. / Aircraft / Departs / Arrives / Frequency

From June 22 / NZ289 / 787-9 Dreamliner / Auckland 11pm / Shanghai 7.15am / Monday

From June 24 / NZ288 / 787-9 Dreamliner / Shanghai 2.15pm / Auckland 5.45am / Wednesday

The airline announced last week it will resume services to Narita, Tokyo from June 25 with one return service a week to operate on that route. Customers travelling on this service will also be subject to government border controls.

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