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Record Breaking Easter Thursday

Record Breaking Easter Thursday For Air New Zealand Thanks To Express Class

Air New Zealand staff are gearing up for one of their busiest days on record tomorrow as tens of thousands of Kiwis take off with Express Class for the Easter holiday break.

Tomorrow’s Express Class flights will be running at 90 percent load factors across the network on the busiest day of the Easter weekend, which looks set to be a record breaking performance by Air New Zealand.

Overall, more than 80,000 New Zealand holidaymakers will be flying on Air New Zealand during the five day period from tomorrow to Monday, driven not only by access to Express Class fares for the first time at Easter but also the timing, in the middle of the school holidays and just ahead of Anzac weekend which has persuaded many families to extend their time off.

The average load factor on Air New Zealand Express Class over the Easter travel period is 81 percent - one of the highest for some years.

Air New Zealand has added 15 percent capacity for the Easter break, compared to last Easter, in response to booming demand driven by Express Class fares, especially on main trunk routes.

The Thursday of the Easter period is traditionally one of the single busiest days of the year, with travel volumes peaking late afternoon and early evening as people head off for the break.


The Easter Bunny is coming early for Express Class travellers with oversized baggage items such as bicycles, surfboards, kayaks, hang gliders and windsurfers.

From tomorrow, the standard charge for carrying these oversized items as part of checked baggage on the domestic network will drop from $50 to $20 per one-way journey.

As part of an ongoing review of Express Class, the airline has identified the need for more efficient methods of processing which, together with a new oversize baggage belt at Auckland, has played a major role in enabling Air New Zealand to reduce charges for the 10 percent of customers who travel with oversize baggage.

However, customers are reminded that (consistent with past policy) all oversize items are only carried subject to available space on aircraft on the day. This is especially so on regional services where space is at a premium on smaller aircraft.

Golf and ski equipment will continue to be carried as part of the normal checked baggage allowance of 20kg per person. If the total weight of checked baggage for Express class exceeds 20kg, then the excess baggage charge of $5 per kg will apply.

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