Flights safe for now

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Air New Zealand is guardedly optimistic it can keep operating its Queenstown services in the face of economic turbulence.

Bruce Parton, who heads the national airline’s short-haul division, says: “Nothing is a certainty in the current economic environment, however Air NZ is committed to Queenstown and the ongoing success of its trans-Tasman and domestic services.”

From next week till March, Air NZ’s Aussie flights lift from two to three weekly while winter flights, which this year rose from six to nine weekly, are due to increase again next year to 10.

Daily domestic services stay at four flights to Auckland, one to Wellington and four Christchurch links.

Last week Air NZ announced 200 job cuts, half of them long-haul fight attendants.