Air New Zealand plans to restrict access into premium lounges are a short-term solution and the airline needs to look at more ways of catering for business travellers, say agents.

Air New Zealand will cut the number of guests that Elite flyers can take into lounges, although it has increased the age of children allowed to accompany them.

From August 1, the number of guests top-tier Elite members can get into a lounge will fall from five to three in a bid to cut overcrowding.

The airline is already raising what some credit card holders must earn for free entry

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