Air New Zealand has 49 routes this week
Air New Zealand has 49 bookable routes this week for a total of 2,261 two-way flights.
The number of routes is down by 41% versus the same week in 2020, while flights are almost one-third lower.
This is influenced by Air Zealand’s often reasonably high-frequency domestic market – presently a median of 23 weekly each way – now accounting for 40 of its 49 routes and 97% of its flights.
This is hardly surprising given New Zealand’s very proactive approach to coronavirus with strict border closures.
Auckland to Hong Kong (twice-weekly), Los Angeles (twice-weekly), Shanghai Pudong (twice-weekly), and Tokyo Narita (once-weekly) comprise Air New Zealand’s present long-haul network.
The carrier is also operating thrice-weekly flights between both Brisbane and Sydney to Norfolk Island.
Domestic market now has 97% of Air New Zealand flights
Air New Zealand’s top-10 domestic routes account for almost half of its total flights.
At the other extreme, Auckland – Invercargill is four-weekly. At 1,174 kilometres, it is Air New Zealand’s longest domestic route.
Other lower-frequency routes – but much shorter – are Auckland to Rotorua (182 kilometres), Christchurch – Hokitika (153), Auckland – Taupo (223), Wellington – Invercargill (763), and Wellington – Gisborne (401). All are sub-14-weekly.
They’re operated by turboprops, which play a fundamental role for the carrier. This week, they are used on 35 of its 40 domestic routes, whether on all flights or only some.
Props have 80% of its domestic flights, up from 71% YOY, split almost equally between Dash-8-300s and ATR-72s. Downsizing has been important to keep the airline’s network going.
Six of its top-10 routes are exclusively operated by turboprops, mainly from short runway lengths and of course distance and demand. These include Auckland – Nelson, its fourth-busiest route.
Christchurch and Wellington have both temporarily become domestic-only and their share of Air New Zealand’s total flights have risen YOY because of cuts at Auckland and elsewhere.