Air N.Z. cancels Apia flight over coronavirus measures
Air New Zealand was forced to cancel a flight on Saturday to comply with the Government’s new strict coronavirus restrictions for incoming passengers.
Air New Zealand’s External Communications Manager, Kimberly Cameron, confirmed that the airline had to cancel a planned flight to Apia and back.
“Air New Zealand cancelled its service (NZ254) from Auckland to Apia today and the return service Apia to Auckland (NZ255) this afternoon in order to comply with the Samoan Government restrictions listed on our travel alerts page,” she said.
According to Ms. Cameron, the affected customers will be accommodated on the next available service.
The cancellation comes as the airline reduced its scheduled services between Auckland and Samoa in line with a limitation on the number of incoming visitors earlier this month.
A directive issued to all airlines on 7 March by the Samoan Government forced the Kiwi carrier to reduce the number of Auckland-Apia services from six times a week to five times a week.
A further directive from the Ministry of Health imposed controls on the number of travellers entering the country and that passengers on flights between New Zealand and Samoa should not exceed 830 passengers per week for both carriers combined.