air nzAir New Zealand will continue to operate scheduled services to Norfolk Island from both Australia and New Zealand, after retaining its contract to operate the flights in a recent tender process.

Currently the Australian government is in the process of implementing new arrangements for Norfolk Island, which has had the status of its government reduced to something more like a regional council.

Air NZ’s previous contract, which commenced in 2012, was with the former Norfolk Island authorities, but the renewal is being negotiated with officials in Canberra and a formal contract is expected to be finalised in the coming months.

In the meantime Air New Zealand is continuing to take bookings for Norfolk Island Flights, with Paul Fletcher, federal minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, thanking the NZ flag carrier for delivering a “consistently high quality service which is critical for tourism and the local economy”.

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