With the deadline for Kiwi travellers to get home finishing at 11.59pm Friday night, Rotorua Airport will turn its focus to support the travel for those on the essential services list and medical flights.
Rotorua Airport Chief Executive Mark Gibb says staff from across the Airport – and its partners such as Air New Zealand – put in a significant amount of work over the past few days to help get people home.
“I’m really proud of efforts our team have gone to – working together – to ensure people are able to get home to their whānau.”
Mr Gibb says while New Zealand is in Level 4 alert, a small group of staff will continue to work to ensure the Airport remains open as a “life line utility”.
This means people will also see aircraft continuing to use the Airport, he says.
“I also want to take the opportunity to pay credit to those people who will continue to work over the coming weeks ensuring the airport remains open. This is critical, especially for any medical flights.”