Air New Zealand will cut international capacity by 85 percent in the next few months and will further reduce capacity across its network as a result of the impact of coronavirus.

A minimal schedule will operate to allow Kiwis to return home and to keep trade corridors with Asia and North America open, while on its long-haul network the airline will cut back its international schedule to a skeleton service. On the domestic network, capacity will be reduced by around 30 percent in April and May, but no routes will be suspended.

Air NZ will put a halt to routes between Auckland and Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Tokyo Narita, Honolulu, Denpasar and Taipei from 30 March to 30 June. It is also suspending its London–Los Angeles service from 20 March (out of LAX) and 21 March (London Heathrow) through to 30 June.

Full details of this schedule will be advised in the coming days.

The Tasman and Pacific Island network capacity will significantly reduce between April and June. Details of these schedule changes will be announced later this week.