Pa­cific air­lines hold­ing out for NZ and Aus­tralia to re­open

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Thou­sands of jobs and the fu­tures of na­tional air­lines across the Pa­cific are go­ing to de­pend on whether New Zealand and Aus­tralia can re­open their bor­ders, says the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the body rep­re­sent­ing air­lines in the re­gion.

Na­tional Gov­ern­ment sup­port

George Fak­tau­fon said Pa­cific air­lines are not go­ing to be able to count on na­tional gov­ern­ment sup­port for hand­outs to keep them afloat, and the clock is al­ready ticking for some air­lines.

“It’s very hard to plan for some­thing that you are not quite sure when it’s go­ing to hap­pen, be­cause we have al­ways planned for some­thing that is cer­tain, but the plan is depend­ing on when Aus­tralia and New Zealand are open­ing up,” he said..

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