Air New Zealand has announced its plans to introduce a further three weekly flights between Perth and Auckland.
The new link is timed to connect West Australian travellers to the airline’s USA, Canada and Argentina flights when it begins operating on December 11, 2015. The daytime flight will enable passengers to make one-stop journeys to destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, as well as the airline’s new destinations including Houston and Buenos Aires which launch in December.
The airline’s new Houston service will be the carrier’s first new US destination in 11 years, and will be Air New Zealand’s fifth destination in the US and Canada.
Air New Zealand currently operates a daily 787-9 operation between Perth and Auckland, and the additional services, operated by 767-300 aircraft will increase the frequency to 10 times per week, until May 1, 2016.
Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says the extra flights will be a great option for even more West Australians to connect seamlessly to North and South America without having to make an extra stop on the Australian east coast on the way through.
“We know travellers prefer to get to their destinations as quickly, comfortably and seamlessly as possible and we’re pleased to be able to time these extra services specifically to suit the West Australian market,” he added.
The new services will also give a boost for the New Zealand tourism industry, as the popularity of the nation continues to grow in the Australian market. “There’s no doubt a lot of West Australians will take advantage of this extra capacity and some hot deals to experience New Zealand,” added Cam Wallace.
All Perth flights are operated by Air New Zealand in partnership with Virgin Australia under the Trans-Tasman alliance between the two airlines, therefore Air New Zealand will continue to operate a twice weekly seasonal Christchurch – Perth service.