If you’ve booked your Christmas flight with Air New Zealand, and you’re going on Friday, December 21, well it’s going to be a bit busy.
According to New Zealand’s national carrier, Air New Zealand, December 21 is going to the be the busiest day for air travel if you are flying with the airline.
December and January are shaping up to be the busiest months, with the airline expecting to operate 30,000 flights over those two months, and more than 600 flights across its network on the 21st alone.
Air New Zealand’s general manager of customer experience, Anita Hawthorne, says that the airline is adding more staff to ease the congestion at Auckland Airport.
“With so many people travelling to much-anticipated events – whether they be family gatherings or major concerts – it’s important for customers to protect themselves from the unexpected,” says Hawthorne.
If you are travelling over the busy December period, consider these four points of advice:
- Travel light – and watch your carry on size. Don’t slow things down by overpacking your bags that are sure to be checked at boarding gates.
- Leave plenty of time. We’ve all cut it too close traveling to the airport, betting we can get through security and make it to the gate for our flight at the last second. Summer is not the time to try that.
- Book seats together ahead of time. It’s getting harder and harder for families to get seats together, so try reserve your seats ahead of your travel day – even if you have to pay that little extra.
- Check weather forecasts. “Every year events outside our control, such as bad weather, mean travellers’ plans don’t always go as expected, and domestic travel insurance is often one of the things Kiwis enjoying their summer break in New Zealand forget,” adds Hawthorne.