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Germany has officially added a new aviation hub, with Brandenburg Airport in Berlin (airport code BER) commencing operations after close to a decade of very un-German delays and going €4 billion over budget. The airport will initially service only Domestic and European flights via one terminal, however there are plans to make room for international flights in due course and open the second terminal as travel recovers. Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels etc) have now transitioned to the new airport, logo’ing a few aircraft to celebrate (see image). Easyjet has also moved to the new airport.

The Board members at Australia’s respected regional connector airline REX  (Regional Express) seem to have had a rush of blood to the head. They’ve taken over six Virgin Australia Boeing 737 jets to use on the ultra-competitive Australian Eastern seaboard sectors – starting Sydney to Melbourne flights early 2021. Moving away from their profitable bread and butter routes connecting small towns around Australia, seems risky.    

Cathay Pacific returns to Auckland at the end of this month with twice weekly Auckland to Hong Kong (HKG) flights. The airline recommences services HKG to Tel Aviv the same week. Cathay Pacific also offers connections to London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Aside from Air New Zealand flights to Australia, South Pacific, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Los Angeles a few other airlines are providing regularly scheduled flights. Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, China Southern, Qantas and JetStar are all providing additional international capacity to various destinations. Most routes are not daily as yet and inbound availability is aligned to the number of New Zealand quarantine hotel beds available.

Air New Zealand is offering a further 15% discount of domestic group travel. If you’re organising a work group, conference, sports team, school or club trip then we can book this for you and secure the additional 15%. Bookings need to be locked in by 31 December 2020.