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Auckland Airport banks on Asian surge

Thousands more people a year could be coming to New Zealand from Asia after two airlines announced new services to Auckland Airport.China Airlines will fly three times a week from Taipei to Auckland via Brisbane starting from next January, adding 95,000 s

Niko Kloeten
Tue, 09 Nov 2010

Thousands more people a year could be coming to New Zealand from Asia after two airlines announced new services to Auckland Airport.

China Airlines will fly three times a week from Taipei to Auckland via Brisbane starting from next January, adding 95,000 seats per year to this high-growth market.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines has announced an extra service per week to Kuala Lumpur from Auckland starting next March, bringing in an extra 30,000 seats per year.

Auckland Airport chief executive Simon Moutter said, “Growth in trade and tourism is critical to New Zealand and it is important that we continue to attract a stronger share of growth market tourism, especially out of Asia.”

New Zealand is now more connected with Asia than ever before, he said.

“These services are in addition to the new Jetstar Auckland to Singapore services starting in March 2011, the additional Asian capacity from Auckland added over the last 6 months by other airlines including Air New Zealand, Thai Airways, and Korean Air and the recent decision of Air Asia X to commence services to Christchurch.

“We've come a long way in the last 12 months, but Auckland Airport is far from finished delivering growth for New Zealand tourism.”

Auckland Airport said the announcements by the various airlines would mean the number of seats offered on Asian routes to Auckland would increase by about 375,000 per year, a 16% increase compared to 2010.

Niko Kloeten
Tue, 09 Nov 2010
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