Air New Zealand gets $NZ900m loan from government

New Zealand's government will make a $NZ900 million ($891 million) loan available to Air New Zealand , the airline said on Friday, as the carrier grapples with the travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

Air New Zealand has been given a $NZ900m loan by the NZ government. Credit:AP

The airline cancelled its interim dividend, which was one of the conditions for the loan.

It comes as New Zealand's central bank announced emergency measures on Friday including term loans to banks, intervention in markets and an agreement with the US Federal Reserve to access up to $US30 billion ($52 billion) to support the economy from the impact of coronavirus.

"The measures we are implementing today provide additional support to domestic financial markets. We will ensure our operations make financial markets operate smoothly, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby said in a statement.

A Term Auction Facility (TAF) will give banks the ability to access term funding, with collateralised loans available out to a term of 12 months, RBNZ said in the statement.

The bank is also providing liquidity in the FX swap market, to ensure funding can be accessed at rates near the Official Cash Rate (OCR).

RBNZ also said it has been providing liquidity to the government bond market.

In addition to these tools, RBNZ has an established role to provide liquidity in the New Zealand dollar foreign exchange market in periods of illiquidity or dysfunction, and is ready to undertake this role if required, it added.

RBNZ slashed interest rates by 75 basis points earlier this week and said it would go for large-scale asset purchases of New Zealand government bonds if further stimulus was needed to combat the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak.

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