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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. This included up to NZD$330 million for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) Scheme and NZD$30 million for the Essential Transport Connectivity (ETC) Scheme for aviation initiatives. The Government also allocated an additional NZD$20 million for an ETC non-aviation initiative.

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. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) provides support to exporters.

The work to date

May 2020–Present

International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) Scheme in operation

The IAFC scheme added capacity to maintain trade links with global markets after the COVID-19 pandemic meant international air freight movements collapsed. The scheme is no longer open to new applications.

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May 2020

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.

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