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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Radio Australia, April 24) - Air New
Zealand has cancelled more flights because of the SARS epidemic.

A statement from the airline says bookings have dropped off to
the point where some flights have had to be cancelled and others scaled back.

Services to Japan have been the most severely affected, while
there will be fewer flights to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Air New Zealand says although the war in Iraq had less of an
impact on the airline than expected, SARS could affect its final year profit.

Air New Zealand's chief executive, Ralph Norris, is still
pushing for his airline to be allowed to form an alliance with Qantas despite
initial setbacks from industry regulators on both sides of the Tasman.

April 24, 2003

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