NZ’s International Airfreight Capacity Scheme Extended to end of April 2021
Posted: 17-Feb-2021 |

The Government has agreed to extend the IAFC scheme to the end of April 2021. Phase 2 of the IAFC scheme was originally scheduled to the end of March 2021. The one month extension gives businesses that rely on airfreight and airlines stability as the Government reviews its support for international air connectivity during the COVID-19 recovery.

Funding for the extension will be provided under the original IAFC funding appropriation. Since it was established in May 2020, the scheme has supported over 4,800 flights in and out of New Zealand carrying over 93,000 tonnes of airfreight.

Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern, Emirates and Malaysia Airlines will continue to provide airfreight capacity under the IAFC Phase 2 extension. As well as the flights supported by the scheme a number of airlines and carriers continue to operate airfreight services independent of the scheme.

Maintaining a network that delivers effective international air connectivity is vital for New Zealand's social and economic wellbeing, and is critical for the COVID-19 recovery.

The Government is reviewing New Zealand’s critical air transport requirements for the future to ensure appropriate levels of air connectivity are maintained and the Government is getting value for money from the IAFC scheme. Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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