China’s Hainan Airlines will launch its first ever flights to New Zealand later this year.
Commencing on 31 December 2016, the airline will operate three weekly flights direct between Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, and Auckland. This will also become the first direct link between these cities.
“This non-stop service will not only grow the number of visitors from southern China, it will also give Chinese travellers further connecting flight options to Auckland from other areas in China through the extensive Hainan Airlines’ network,” said Norris Carter, Auckland Airport’s general manager of aeronautical commercial.
The launch of Hainan Airlines’ flights will come just weeks after its sister carrier, Tianjin Airlines, launches its inaugural flight to New Zealand, connecting Auckland with Chongqing and Tianjin. Both airlines are part of the HNA Group.
And a third HNA carrier, Hong Kong Airlines, is planning to start flying from Hong Kong to Auckland in November.