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Air Tahiti Nui welcomes easing of border restrictions

Passenger flights resume ex Auckland

25 March 2022 - Auckland, New Zealand.


As two years of border closures comes to an end, Air Tahiti Nui welcomes the earlier re-opening of New Zealand's borders to international travellers.

Air Tahiti Nui has, throughout the pandemic and border closures, managed to retain its New Zealand operations and helped maintain international air connectivity for New Zealand through the Ministry of Transport's Cargo subsidy. Whilst boutique in a global context, the cargo operations enabled a much-needed supply chain between New Zealand producers and suppliers with Tahiti, the USA, and Europe. This also proved vital to the viability of the airline remaining in New Zealand.

Fast forward a long two years, and today Air Tahiti Nui General Manager Pacific, Daniel Eggenberger, welcomes a firm date to recommence its New Zealand passenger flight operations and thanks the Ministry of Transport for their effective and efficient support in terms of the MIAC Cargo subsidy.

Air Tahiti Nui’s first post-pandemic passenger service will depart Auckland on Thursday, 5 May, bound for Papeete, Tahiti. Daniel says, "It is very exciting to once again be able to share our award-winning service and product with New Zealanders wanting to experience the great destinations we serve from Tahiti and beyond.”

Initially, Air Tahiti Nui will offer a weekly flight, with this being extended to three flights a week during the high season commencing 03 July – 09 August with seasonal adjustments after that.

In an effort to re-ignite international travel and acknowledge possible consumer hesitancy around travel certainty and various country requirements, Air Tahiti Nui is offering a Special Booking Flexibility policy that will provide passengers with greater peace of mind around their travel arrangements. This is in addition to the airline holding its pre COVID-19 (March 2020) fare levels to make getting Kiwis up and away on holiday even easier.