Air New Zealand Says No Jab, No Flight for Travelers From Feb. 1
(Bloomberg) -- Air New Zealand Ltd. will require international travelers to be vaccinated when flying with the carrier starting from Feb. 1, the latest airline to stipulate mandatory jabs for not just crew but passengers also.
All travelers aged 18 and above that arrive or depart New Zealand have to be vaccinated and those who haven’t been inoculated need to present proof that vaccination for them wasn’t a viable option due to health reasons, Air New Zealand said in a statement on its website. The carrier will roll out the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass to ensure these requirements are met.
“We’ve been hearing from both customers and employees that this measure is important to them,” Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said. “The quicker we get vaccinated, the sooner we can fly Kiwis to places like New York, Vancouver and Narita.”
Air New Zealand’s announcement follows a similar move by Qantas Airways Ltd., whose Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said last month it will only carry inoculated passengers on overseas flights. Australia’s flag carrier plans to resume international flights from November, starting with three weekly return flights between Sydney and London and three weekly return flights between Sydney and Los Angeles on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
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