International services suspended at Queenstown Airport

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From the end of March, international services will be suspended at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and it will be operating on reduced domestic capacity.

This follows announcements from Queenstown Airport’s four partner airlines – Air New Zealand, Qantas Group (Qantas and Jetstar), and Virgin Australia - over the past three days.

Forward schedules are not yet available but current flight information can be accessed via the Queenstown Airport website.  Schedule changes are updated daily.

Further detail:

  • Today (19 March), Qantas Group announced the suspension of all Qantas and Jetstar international services from/to Queenstown from the end of March.
  • On 18 March, Virgin Australia suspended all international services and made further cuts to its domestic network until 14 June.  The last international flight will be on 28 March.
  • On 17 March, Air New Zealand announced that all trans-Tasman services from/to Queenstown will be suspended from 30 March to 30 June.  Domestic services across New Zealand will also be reduced significantly.

This evening the Government announced that New Zealand borders will close from 11:59pm tonight to non-residents and non-citizens until further notice.

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Chief Executive Colin Keel said that it is an evolving situation.

“This is an extremely difficult time for QAC, the airlines, their local ground handlers and the wider airport community.

“More than 700 people work in and around Queenstown Airport - we are a tight-knit community so this is very hard news for us all.

“We know that the airlines are doing everything they can to safeguard their people’s livelihoods and our thoughts and best wishes go out to them and their families. 

“We appreciate that this is an unprecedented situation which has far-reaching implications for us all so it’s important that we continue to support each other.  Our priority continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of our people – our staff, airport communities, customers and the wider community.

“With confirmation now received from the airlines, QAC is working through a comprehensive financial review to understand the impacts these announcements will have on us in the weeks and months ahead.  This will help us plan accordingly and work together to be as resilient as possible.”