An airline says the country’s travel suspension is due to a political dispute.
The Australian Government is facing a legal challenge to the suspension of its travel restrictions on Australia.
The Government says it will seek to overturn the suspension and allow passengers to travel to and from New Zealand.
But some airlines are questioning the Government’s justification for the ban, saying it will hurt their businesses.
“We are in a political conflict with a foreign government,” the CEO of Jetstar Airlines, Chris O’Reilly, told reporters.
“And we don’t want to be associated with that,” he said.
The travel ban came into effect at the weekend as tensions flared over the death of a Japanese woman in a New Zealand jail cell.
Police have charged a man with manslaughter in the death.
Mr O’Neill said the ban had caused financial hardship for Jetstar’s small fleet of passenger jets.
“It has meant that we have not been able to get on with our operations,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“Because of the suspension, we have lost about one third of our business,” he added.
“There is a real risk that the ban will be in place for a prolonged period of time.”
Jetstar is one of several airlines to suspend flights to and into New Zealand in recent days.
The ban was extended until the end of June after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signed a deal with the Government to ease the restrictions.
Australia’s Prime Minister says the Government is acting in good faith.