Higher Wages for Air New Zealander Staff at Major Airports – Hotel Magazine


Air New Zealand has increased its entry wage to $30 per hour as it looks to attract around 400 outstanding people to join its Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch airport teams.

Air New Zealand Chief People Officer Nikki Dines said the airline is continuing to ramp up operations to meet growing demand, and a critical part of this is rebuilding its airport’s team.

“I’m pleased that we’re continuing to welcome more people to our whānau and that we’re in a position to invest further in our people,” said Dines.

“It’s not just new employees that will benefit from this change. We’re giving our current staff the choice to either keep their current pay structure, with an increased hourly rate and weekend penalty rates or switch over to a new rolled-up rate, starting from $30 per hour.”

As well as increasing entry-level rates, annual pay increases are provided to all airport employees, along with opportunities to gain more skills and access further pay increases.

Over the next 13-month period from the beginning of March 2023 until the end of March 2024, all airport workers will receive a pay rise of between 9.5 percent and 26 percent.

“We’re looking to attract diverse, talented people who will not only help our business grow, but also have a deep desire to help us do what we do best – keep friends and family connected,” said Dines

“And we want to help them kick-start their careers and life experience through opportunities to grow their skills and access fantastic travel benefits.”

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