Air New Zealand announced today increases to its international flight schedules effective November 2002 - April 2003, coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere winter.
The airline will be increasing the frequency of flights, in particular to Los Angeles and Sydney, and increasing capacity on some services by up-gauging the aircraft type. This is in addition to recent increases introduced for Japan, the additional service announced last week for Fiji and the up-gauging on the Christchurch-Sydney route.
Air New Zealand Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Norm Thompson said the increased frequency and capacity to these key international destinations was in response to growing demand in some key markets with a resurgence of interest in New Zealand as a holiday destination.
“The de-stabilising events of last year are behind us and Air New Zealand has made some significant changes to our schedules this year, reflecting an increased investment in the international inbound tourism market,” said Mr Thompson.
“A particular milestone for the airline is that we will be operating two daily services to Los Angeles.”
The increases will be announced to an audience of more than 400 international tourism specialists this evening at the opening of TRENZ 2002, New Zealand`s largest annual tourism trade show for which Air New Zealand is premium sponsor.
The changes are:
To Asia and Japan: * Daily services Auckland -Tokyo introduced last month - a 23 % increase * Six services weekly Auckland-Kansai, up to daily from November * Re-introduction of regular Japan charter flights from 27 November * Return to daily services Auckland-Hong Kong * Daily services Auckland-Singapore plus code share with Singapore Airlines from Christchurch
To North America: * Auckland-Los Angeles non-stop service to increase from 10 to 14 per week (two flights daily), a 40% increase * Sydney-Los Angeles to increase from 3 to 5 flights weekly * A third Auckland-Honolulu flight per week is planned with all three services connecting with an Air Canada code share service to Vancouver
To Australia: * Auckland-Sydney to increase from 20 to 28 flights per week * Christchurch-Sydney daily service up-gauged from a Boeing 737 to 767 aircraft - an extra 86 seats per day.
Air New Zealand has also recently announced increased services on the domestic front. These are: Christchurch-Rotorua, four additional flights per week; Auckland-Queenstown, from daily to twice daily services as from July; and an additional daily Christchurch-Auckland Boeing 767 service connecting to international flights.