Air New Zealand Heads Back To Vancouver With Cargo Scheme

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Air New Zealand has secured a further five months of
support for cargo flights under the Government’s extended
Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) scheme,
with Vancouver being added to the mix.

With the MIAC
scheme now extended from 1 November 2021 through to 31 March
2022, the scheme will ensure additional and much-needed air
freight capacity is available over the summer peak so high
value New Zealand goods can get to market.

Air New
Zealand General Manager Cargo Anna Palairet says over the
summer New Zealand produce is in high demand, particularly
New Zealand lamb that’s flown to the UK for Christmas,
Kiwi cherries into Asia and capsicums up to Japan and across
to Australia.

“Our busy export season runs from
November through to March so it’s excellent to see the
MIAC financial support scheme extended to cover this
five-month period, giving our customers the certainty they
need to operate their businesses.

“This extension
helps keep New Zealand connected to key markets like North
America, China, Taipei, Japan, Korea, Australia and the
Pacific Islands, and it’s fantastic to have three return
services a week to Vancouver added to the list.

“The
addition of Vancouver means that businesses exporting
chilled meat, seafood and fresh produce will have direct
access to Canada over the seasonal peak.

“The MIAC
scheme has been a lifeline for our business since COVID
started. Because of it, there hasn’t been a single day
where an international Air New Zealand flight hasn’t taken
off, carrying cargo and/or bringing home more than 70,000
Kiwis from overseas.”

Since this Government support
scheme came into effect in May 2020, the airline has flown
nearly 7,000 flights, carrying over 100,000 tonnes of cargo
into and out of New
Zealand.

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