What you need to know
In March 2020 the Government set up a COVID-19 support package including an initial NZD$600 million to support aviation. From this amount, $372 million has been committed to the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.
Building upon the success of the IAFC, the Government has set up a new scheme called Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MAIC) to support air services through to the end of October 2021, with the potential for an extension to March 2022.
To support domestic connectivity the Government allocated NZD$30 million to the Essential Transport Connectivity (ETC) Scheme for aviation initiatives and an additional NZD$20 million for an ETC non-aviation initiatives.
Maintaining a network that delivers effective regional connectivity is vital for New Zealand's social and economic wellbeing, and is critical for the COVID-19 recovery.
We administer the schemes.
Maintaining International Air Connectivity scheme announced
The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic continue to impact international aviation and New Zealand’s international connectivity has been drastically curtailed. Building on the success of the IAFC, and with the prospect of a recovery in international travel now in sight, the Government has set up a new scheme to support air services through to the end of October 2021, with the potential for an extension to March 2022.
International Airfreight Capacity Scheme Extended to end of April 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.
International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) Scheme
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 80% of New Zealand’s airfreight was carried in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft, with the remaining 20% carried by cargo-only freighters. Pre-COVID there were approximately 550 international passenger flights into and out of New Zealand per week.
Essential Transport Connectivity (ETC) scheme established
The ETC scheme provides support for transport providers in the short to medium term. The scheme’s goal is to ensure capacity, regional connectivity and essential services continue in the wake of COVID-19.