Airline & Airport News.
New ID and mobile phone requirements for New Zealand
From 27 September 2018, passengers travelling with checked baggage on all domestic flights on Jetstar within New Zealand are required to provide identification. Accepted ID types are a passport, driver’s license, original or certified copy of a birth certificate or citizenship document, Student ID, aviation or airport authority issued ID. Passengers flying into local airports who are subject to being detained or searched may now be required to provide their mobile phone passwords if requested or face a penalty of up to $5000, confiscation and prosecution.
Air New Zealand to take delivery of new aircraft
The first of Air New Zealand’s A321neo aircraft will be taking off from 12 November 2018, the airline confirmed today. The new engine option aircraft will replace the current A320 fleet and allow the airline to grow its short-haul network to Australia and the Pacific Islands. Customers will be able to experience a new in-cabin experience including larger overhead space, screen size and WiFi connectivity. Tickets are on sale now for the service.
Increased baggage allowance for Air New Zealand passengers
From 19 September 2018, Air New Zealand will introduce a 2 x 23kg baggage allowance per person for all new bookings to North and South America. Travellers are advised that this change applies only to Air New Zealand flights, including NZ codeshare and partner airline services within North America, and NZ codeshare services within South America. The current $1 additional bag offer on Economy fares from Australia to North and South America will be withdrawn.
Air New Zealand revamps lounges
Air New Zealand is revamping or replacing five of its domestic and regional lounges over the next two years. Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Tauranga are all part of the $60 million refurbishments to increase seating capacity at key airports.
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines codeshare extension
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have been given the approval to extend their joint venture partnership until at least March 2024. The alliance has allowed both airlines to increase their seating capacity by more than 25% through the introduction of the Wellington-Singapore route in 2016. Both airlines are also scheduled to launch a third daily Auckland-Singapore service at the end of this month, boosting the capacity by more their combined capacity by more than 40%.
Dunedin Airport to begin expansion works
Dunedin Airport will commence its terminal expansion in October 2018. The $13.5 million project will double the size of its security screening area and triple the departure lounge to cater to the airport’s surge in user numbers until 2026. The expansion will be finished by the end of 2019.
British Airways taps Ozwald Boateng for new uniforms
Celebrated Savile Row tailor and designer Ozwald Boateng OBE has been confirmed to design the next British Airways uniform, celebrating the airline’s centennial next year. Boateng will work closely with personnel to understand their roles and how the garments need to perform ahead of its global debut on 32,000 uniform-wearing employees.
China Southern Airlines increases capacity
From the end of this month, China Southern Airlines will deploy its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its Guangzhou-Auckland route. This will increase capacity for the carrier by 30% and capitalise on the New Zealand-China Year of Tourism in 2019.
Emirates cuts Bali connection
Emirates Airline will decrease the frequency of its Auckland to Bali service from seven down to four flights per week. The new schedule will take effect from late January 2019 owning to seasonal capacity changes.
SO/ Sofitel Auckland to open next month
AccorHotels’ luxury lifestyle brand SO/ Sofitel will make its highly anticipated in Auckland in November 2018. The hotel is located in the former Reserve Bank building, offering a rooftop bar, French restaurant, a cafe, Club Signature lounge, spa, gym and indoor heated pool and 130 premium rooms for its guests.
Auckland to get second Travelodge in 2020
A much-needed mid-tier accommodation offering will be added to Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in mid-2020 with the development of a new Travelodge Hotel, managed by TFE Hotels. The hotelier has partnered with investor Infratil to bring the proposed 6 storey, L-shaped property to the corner of Pakenham Street West and Halsey Streets. It will be the second Travelodge Hotel in New Zealand, expanding on the brand’s “Refreshingly Simple” promise.